The Local Plan: Garden Villages Consultation starts at 9am on Monday 14 August and will run until 5pm on Monday 9 October. This consultation is an opportunity for residents to have their say on the vision, objectives and principles of a garden village development as well as the potential location. A garden village development forms part of the preferred strategy the Council is pursuing in preparing the Local Plan.

The Garden Villages Consultation document will be available to view on the website from 14 August at The website also contains information about how to take part in the consultation and a Get the Facts leaflet.

Residents are invited to come along to one of five public exhibition events where a lead member will give a welcome address at 4:30pm, 6pm and 7pm with opportunities to ask officers and members questions at any time during the events:

Nutfield Village Hall, Mid Street, South Nutfield, RH1 4JJTuesday 22 Aug3.30pm to 8pm
Douglas Brunton Centre, 25 Chaldon Road, Caterham, CR3 5PGWednesday 30 Aug3.30pm to 8pm
South Godstone Sports and Community Association Hall, The Pavilion, Lagham Road, South Godstone, RH9 8HNTuesday 5 Sept3.30pm to 8pm
Lingfield Primary School, Vicarage Road, Lingfield, RH7 6HAFriday 8 Sept3.30pm to 8pm
St John’s Church Hall, Eastbourne Road, Blindley Heath, RH7 6JRThursday 14 Sept3.30pm to 7.30pm

In addition, anyone can make comments by:

Councillor Peter Bond, Chairman of the Planning Policy Committee, said: “We hope to see many of you at one of our public exhibition events and look forward to meeting you and hearing your views. There are many different ways to have your say and we would like to encourage all our residents to take part in this important consultation and help us shape the future of our district.”