Welcome to Whyteleafe Village Council’s website. You will see references to “parish” and we were called Whyteleafe Parish Council until 2011 when we decided on a change of name. You’ll find information on this website about our name change, what’s on and the Council’s aims and priorities for making Whyteleafe a better place to live and work.
The Council is funded by you, the Council Tax payer, and we want to make sure you have your say - come along to the monthly meeting, contact councillors and the clerk by phone or email, better still get involved either as a councillor or as part of a working group.
As central government and regional Councils trim their budgets, local communities are encouraged to take on greater responsibilities which means that there are great challenges and opportunities ahead.
Tandridge District Council (TDC) is in the early stages of preparing a Local Plan which will set out a vision for the District for the next 20 years and provide a framework for the future improvement, development and local protection of our area and the Green Belt.
TDC are asking anyone with an interest in the area to give their views on various approaches to how the District can be improved, developed and protected. The consultation runs until 26 February 2016.
In order to participate, visit www.tandridge.gov.uk/localplan and have your say. This is a chance for local people to have their say on setting local priorities and planning policies, giving local control over how we provide for both people and place in the future. Without a Local Plan any future development would be decided solely in line with the National Planning Policy Framework, with little reference to local needs or views.
For this first round of consultation you will be able to comment on:
A range of possible approaches to meeting the area's needs over the next 20 years
Whether we can meet all our development needs within Tandridge
Affordable local housing
Our local environment, its greenness and openness
The amount of schools, doctors and transport we will need in future
One of the many activities of the Village Council is to provide Tandridge District Council (TDC) with comments and feedback on local planning issues. Each month, the Council will typically have a number of new planning applications to consider as part of TDC's statutory consultation process.
Whyteleafe village councillors will normally discuss new applications at the first available Council meeting and provide feedback, such as objections, to TDC via the Clerk. It is important for the community that Whyteleafe Village Council consider the suitability of applications within the local context and communicate this with the District Council.
If you wish to comment on any application directly to TDC, you can either write to them at the Council offices in Oxted, telephone the planning officer or email using the address
Thank you to everyone who has participated in our online survey of visitors to Whyteleafe Recreation Ground. The survey, which should only take a few minutes to complete, is still open and to participate click on this link http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/7ZGG8XZ
Initial results show that most people visit to take some form of exercise whether it be walking or participation in sports. Taking children out to play is also a popular reason to come to the park. Other reasons for visiting are to relax, to exercise the dog, enjoy the beauty of the park and surrounding views and gain access, on foot, to other local areas.
Two thirds of visitors come to the site either once a week or once a month. All the facilities at the park have been rated 'good' by respondents except for the toilets which are considered 'poor'.
In terms of any changes, many people would like to have somewhere to get refreshments.
If you would like to participate, please follow the link. Please answer as many of the questions as possible (there are only nine in all). The more you tell us, the better informed we'll be.