Carter Jonas was commissioned by Runnymede Borough Council in February 2015 to update the retail evidence base (i.e. the Runnymede Retail Study 2009 and the Retail - Evidence Base: Update 2012) to help inform both plan-making and decision-taking across Runnymede.
The report has been produced in line with national policy and current planning guidance which requires that each local planning authority ensures that their Local Plan is based on adequate, up-to-date and relevant evidence about the economic, social and environmental characteristics and prospects of the area. The NPPF is clear that local planning authorities should use this evidence base to assess (amongst other things) the needs for land or floor space for economic development, including both the quantitative and qualitative needs for all foreseeable types of economic activity over the plan period, including for retail and leisure development.
A focused consultation on the draft Runnymede Town and Local Centres Study was carried out between 4th September and 2nd October 2015. The representations made on the draft report and the officer responses to the comments made can be viewed in the table below. The final study (published November 2015) can also be viewed below.