The Council's Core Strategy and Policies Development Plan Document is part of the Local Development Framework. It contains the vision, objectives, and strategic policies that set out the overall approach to future development in Spelthorne. It also contains detailed policies used for development control purposes.
The Allocations DPD contains proposals for allocating specific sites for particular types of development.
Most of the 2001 Local Plan has been superseded by the Core Strategy and Policies DPD, February 2009. However, six of the policies were saved and continue to be used - see document below. These include the Green Belt Policy, Sites of Nature Conservation Importance and Archaeology and Ancient Monuments.
The Council submitted the Core Strategy and Policies Development Plan Document (DPD) and the Allocations DPD to the Secretary of State on 14 June 2007. Both documents were readvertised from 6 March -17 April 2008. The Secretary of State appointed an independent Inspector, Ms Sara Morgan LLB, MA, to examine both the documents and consider the representations that were made. The Inspector's report on the Core Strategy was received on 19 December 2008 and was formally adopted at Full Council on 26 February 2009.
Following the adoption of the Core Strategy and Policies DPD, the examination hearing sessions for the Allocations DPD took place on 12 May, and the Inspector's Report was received on 29 June 2009. The document was found sound, subject to some changes specified by the Inspector in her report (Appendices A and B), and was formally adopted at Full Council on 17 December 2009.