Policy P2: Green Belt

We will continue to protect the Metropolitan Green Belt, as shown on the proposals map, against inappropriate development. In accordance with national planning policy, the construction of new development will be considered inappropriate and will not be permitted unless very special circumstances can be demonstrated.
Certain forms of development are not considered to be inappropriate. Proposals will be permitted where they are consistent with the exceptions listed in national planning policy and, where relevant, also meet the following criteria:

Extensions or alterations

The extension or alteration of a building provided that it would not result in disproportionate additions over and above the size of the original building.

Replacement buildings

The replacement of a building, provided the new building:

  • would be in the same use, and
  • is not materially larger than the one it replaces, and
  • is sited on or close to the position of the existing building.
Limited infilling

Limited infilling within the identified settlement boundaries of the following villages:
Albury, Compton, East Clandon, East Horsley (south), Gomshall, Holmbury St Mary, Peaslake, Pirbright, Puttenham, Shere, West Clandon and Worplesdon.

Limited infilling may also be appropriate outside the inset or identified settlement boundaries, and in the following villages, where it can be demonstrated that the site is as a matter of fact on the ground within the village:
Artington, Eashing, Farley Green, Fox Corner, Hurtmore, Ockham, Seale, Shackleford, The Sands, Wanborough and Wisley.

Response: Object 

This policy is much weaker than previous protection. It is dependent on the Surrey Hills Management Plan. Note that this welcomes housing development. The Surrey Hills needs much more substantial protection. Even major (undefined) development in the AONB would be permitted if exceptional (undefined) circumstances could be demonstrated.

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