Community consulted on employment land allocation for proposed business park

Reigate & Banstead Borough Council is preparing its Development Management Plan (DMP), which will include policies to guide decision making on planning applications, and will identify sites for certain types of development. The council is inviting the views of the community on the emerging options and potential development sites as part of a ‘Regulation 18’ consultation, which runs from 1 August 2016 to 10 October 2016.

The DMP consultation document identifies a site to the south of Horley, on the western side of Balcombe Road as having potential to accommodate strategic employment provision, providing a range of new business space.

It proposes that office space is likely to be most appropriate, of a quality and scale that meets the needs of large businesses as well as local small businesses and start-ups. Some additional facilities (such as a hotel, crèche or cafes) would be required for employees and to ensure the site would be attractive to businesses. At least 5 hectares of the site would be used for a new high quality public open space, including parkland and outdoor sports facilities

The consultation document explains that “the potential development site is assessed as having a strong fit with all of the critical success factors for a strategic employment site, in particular providing a highly accessible location with potential for direct access onto the strategic road network. It is also large enough to meet the minimum size likely to be required (20ha), is well related to the existing town centre of Horley and has prominence on the M23 spur and in relation to Gatwick airport, with scope for direct access to the strategic road network.”

Concerning a site of similar size to the east of Balcombe Road and identified in October 2015 as potentially suitable for business park development, the consultation document explains, “In the longer term, beyond the current plan period, potential for development on the eastern site of Balcombe Road may be explored subject to employment, business and economic development needs.” The current plan period runs until 2027.

Members of the public and other stakeholders can have their say by:

  • Completing the online survey at www.reigate-banstead.gov.uk/dmp
  • Submit a comment on an interactive map at www.reigate-banstead.gov.uk/dmp
  • Downloading a comments form from www.reigate-banstead.gov.uk/dmp
  • Picking up a comments form from the Town Hall in Reigate
  • Completing a comments form at one of our exhibitions or drop in sessions, details available at www.reigate-banstead.gov.uk/dmp
  • Sending comments by email to LDF@reigate-banstead.gov.uk or by post to Planning Policy, Reigate & Banstead Borough Council, Town Hall, Castlefield Road, Reigate RH2 0SH.

At the end of the Regulation 18 consultation period, all responses will be analysed. Duly made responses will be taken into account and used to inform preparation of the final draft DMP for a further round of consultation (Regulation 19 stage) prior to its submission to the Secretary of State for independent Examination. It is anticipated that the final DMP will be adopted by the council in early 2018.