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Caterham on the Hill Liberal Democrat Surrey County Councillor Chris Botten, a Tandridge District Councillor for Caterham, Surrey, and the Leader of the opposition on the District Council, talks to Kevin Black, County Border News, about the Tandridge Local Plan and other matters which concern him.
The recent high temperature debate regarding TDC's conduct of the Local Plan has now become absurd with the publication of a supposed "independent review" of the conduct of the work. Of course the review was not really independent, not comprehensive and was far from reassuring; I am considering investigating whether the rules of the Council were broken. The "review" merely reflects the Council's insecurity regarding the handling of the Local Plan, its disregard for its own processes, its knee-jerk responses to what is usually constructive criticism and the demonisation of the Oxted and Limpsfield Residents Group.
Cllr Alun Jones for Caterham Valley writes:
This week I have been accused of scaremongering and it then culminated in me being accused of lying. So tonight I asked the following question below at full council regarding Tillingdown and Timber Hill parks in the hope we would get clarity. Unfortunately there was no guarantee. There was acceptance that difficult choices do need to be made in the future, and a number of well meaning councillors did speak in support, but they were not in a position to guarantee in the meeting and that it is for discussions in the various committees. I will keep chasing for those guarantees.
Tandridge Council have announced the latest consultation of the local plan. This is about finding site where developers could build over the next 20 years.
Included in the consultation are a number of sites. The brownfield sites have reduced from last time around, however there has been the inclusion for the second consultation a number of green spaces and car parks in Caterham Valley, Harestone and Whyteleafe .
The average number of houses per Hectare in Tandridge is 3 dwellings per hectare. In parts of Caterham it is 37 dwellings! The Green Belt is not an excuse to dump all development in Caterham.