Visualising a more vibrant future
The masterplan imagines and visualises how future growth and development might look in the borough in the longer-term. The masterplan document is not a statutory requirement or a detailed set of final proposals, but is a helpful tool to inform discussion about the best way to ensure that future development happens in a planned and coherent way and recognises the borough’s rich history and unique character.
At the heart of the masterplan is the idea that it is always better to work collaboratively to help shape and influence how places develop, in a positive and proactive way, rather than leaving it entirely to individual developers or land owners who will inevitably have different views about what constitutes good development in a particular community. An important part of this is thinking about how development can contribute positively to the wider public realm, including contributing to the long-term vitality of our high streets and town centres.
The masterplan will also have an important role in helping inform the public and stakeholder engagement for a new Local Plan, providing greater understanding of how the Government’s targets for new homes could be accommodated.
The Local Plan is a statutory requirement, which Epsom & Ewell Borough Council will soon be asking residents, local businesses, community groups and others to contribute towards.
The masterplan includes analysis and a visualised approach to how different areas could accommodate the government requirement for the significant increase in new homes within the borough and the associated necessary infrastructure.
Our draft masterplan was guided by the outcome of formal public consultation undertaken in 2017. This established that residents wanted there to be a greater focus for new development in existing built up areas and to provide homes for both young families and an ageing population. The consensus was also that new development could be more intense and taller than at present around retail centres, close to transport hubs and in Epsom town centre.
Following the 2017 public consultation, the council employed a variety of experts in various fields to determine how the public’s aspirations could be realised within national planning policy and the area’s physical and environmental restraints.
Councillor David Reeve, Chair of the Licensing and Planning Policy Committee, said “The draft masterplan is an important document that sets out how we are to meet the government requirement of 10,000 new additional homes within the borough and ensure we will achieve this growth in a way that ensures the borough remains a great place for people to live, work and study”.