Surrey Heath Draft Local Plan Issues Options/Preferred Options, 2018

Infrastructure Provision and Delivery

6.55 New development places additional pressure on existing local infrastructure and may create the need for new infrastructure and facilities. The timely delivery of infrastructure to support development is important and the Council will, where necessary, secure this through legal agreements. Currently certain types of infrastructure are delivered through the Council's Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL).

6.56 It is expected that any strategic sites allocated in the Local Plan will require a bespoke infrastructure approach so that they are sustainable and to mitigate the impact of the development.

6.57 The Issues and Options/Preferred Options version of the Local Plan is supported by an Infrastructure Needs Assessment. The Infrastructure Needs Assessment will be updated as discussions with providers take place and evidence bases are updated.


National Policy Context

6.58 In the preparation of this section regard has been had to paragraph 156 of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF), 2012 which sets out the Government's approach in respect of providing the infrastructure necessary to deliver the development identified in Local Plans.

View the national policies relating to infrastructure provision in more detail, located within the online version of the Government's NPPF.

6.59 National Planning Practice Guidance sets out where contributions may be required to deliver infrastructure necessary to make development acceptable in planning terms.


Sub Regional Context

6.60 The Surrey Infrastructure Study January 2016 sets out to provide a view of emerging development and infrastructure requirements to support growth across Surrey. This infrastructure includes transport, education, health, community, green infrastructure and utilities. This study is currently being updated.

6.61 All residential development will need to provide avoidance measures to show that the development is able to mitigate the impact of development on the Thames Basin Heaths SPA. This will be through the provision of or contribution to Suitable Alternative Natural Green Space (SANG).


Local Strategies and Evidence

6.62 The preferred policy approach would support the objectives set out in Surrey Heath's Five Year Strategy 2016-2021. One of the Council's principal objectives is to work with partners to improve the health and wellbeing of our community.

6.63 AECOM on behalf of Surrey Heath Borough Council has undertaken an Infrastructure Needs Assessment (2017) which sets the baseline of current infrastructure requirements.

View the Infrastructure Needs Assessment (2017), located within the Infrastructure sub section on Surrey Heath Borough Council's planning policy evidence base webpage.

6.64 The following policies will be replaced in the new Local Plan (2016-2032)

Relevant Policies in the adopted Core Strategy & Development Management Policies DPD 2012

Policy CP12 Infrastructure Delivery and Implementation

Policy CP13 Green Infrastructure

Policy DM9 Design Principles

Draft Objectives for Infrastructure Policies

6.65 The following table sets out the draft objectives for infrastructure in the Issues and Options/Preferred Options consultation draft.

Objective D

To ensure that development within the Borough is supported by the necessary physical, social and green infrastructure to meet the needs of future Surrey Heath residents.

Policy Approaches to Infrastructure Delivery

6.66 The preferred policy approach and an alternative approach are set out below.

Preferred Policy Approach to Infrastructure Delivery

The preferred approach seeks to ensure that new development provides or contributes to the provision of necessary on site or off- site infrastructure by having an overarching Infrastructure Policy that :

  • Ensures development includes the provision of, or contributes to, the physical, social and green infrastructure necessary to address the needs arising from the proposal, including the cumulative impacts of development.
  • Ensures the provision of infrastructure is linked to the phasing of development so that infrastructure is delivered in a co-ordinated and timely fashion.
  • Sets out that Strategic sites deliver their own bespoke infrastructure requirements.

Alternative Approach to Infrastructure Delivery

To have a generic policy for all sites and not have specific policies for strategic sites identified in the Local Plan.