A new group has been set up to bring developers and councils across Surrey together.
Surrey Development Forum (SDF) is centred around the Surrey 2050 Place Ambition document and aims to bring country, district and borough councils together with developers and other stakeholders to collaborate on challenges of the next 30 years.
Those could range from access to transport and water supply, to ‘building beautiful’, the natural environment and climate change.
Participation is voluntary, and a wide range of views is sought.
Andrew Munton, planning director for Reside Developments, and chair of Surrey Development Forum, said: “We believe that by creating a collaborative forum spanning councils and developers there is an opportunity to identify issues facing all parts of Surrey and help to address and resolve them before they prevent high quality growth in the future.
“The forum continues the work of district and borough forums set up across Surrey to work collaboratively with local authorities as they developed their Local Plans.
“However, the Surrey Development Forum has a wider geographical and longer-term outlook, allowing it to look further into the future and to start addressing the challenges facing the county over the next 30 years.”
Robert Moran, SDF representative for Elmbridge Borough Council and chair of Surrey Future Board, said: “I welcome the establishment of the Surrey Development Forum, which reflects a collective ambition to renew our infrastructure while respecting the way in which we want to see the Surrey place develop in the future.
“We bring different perspectives but we need to focus on what we can do together to make the outcomes better for residents and local businesses. These are tough times for everyone so a shared purpose around our future priorities will be a big step forward.”
The forum will be privately financed and administered by nominated representatives from its membership.
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