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I have had a meeting with Reigate and Banstead Council about the issue of backland development in Nork. I am concerned that the scale of development in some streets is still changing the character of the area inappropriately.

The new national planning framework should give local councils much greater autonomy over local development, as long as they have a credible plan that can support essential development. The detailed part of that work is currently under way in Reigate and Banstead.

The Council are planning detailed discussions with local residents over the coming months about how to find a better balance for the area in the next iteration of the local Plan. I will keep a careful watch on this as I do think that development of many parts of the area continues to go much too far.