Neighbourhood Plan

Since 2014 many dedicated residents have spent hundreds of hours and engaged with thousands of local people to gather information and evidence to produce a Neighbourhood Plan that could help shape the future of our community.

Godalming Town Council formally submitted its neighbourhood plan to Waverley Borough Council on the 19 October 2018.

Waverley Borough Council ran a statutory consultation on the plan and have now submitted all representations made during the consultation to the independent examiner appointed to examine the Godalming & Farncombe Neighbourhood Plan.

The submitted neighbourhood plan, along with the supporting documents, can be viewed by clicking here.

The initial comments of the Independent Examiner (17 January 2019) can be found here.  Godalming Town Council will respond by the requested date.  Please note references to ‘District Council’ mean Waverley Borough Council and references to the ‘Qualifying Body’ mean Godalming Town Council.

About the Neighbourhood Plan

Neighbourhood planning is an important part of the Government’s localism agenda and the powers and regulations relating to neighbourhood planning were enacted in the Localism Act 2011 and came into effect in April 2012. The process for developing a neighbourhood plan is a lengthy one.  The key stages are:

Stage 1: Defining the Neighbourhood

In areas with a parish or town council, the parish or town council will take the lead on neighbourhood planning and the first action required is to apply to the local planning authority  for designation of the neighbourhood area. For Godalming this means Godalming Town Council and we applied to Waverley Borough Council for the designation of the whole of the Town Council’s administrative area in March 2013. The neighbourhood area was designated on 16 July 2013.

Stage 2: Preparing the Plan

(Godalming is approaching the end of this stage and is drafting its plan.)
A neighbourhood plan must follow some basic ground rules:

  • it must generally be in line with local and national planning policies;
  • it must be in line with other laws;
  • if the local planning authority says that an area needs to grow, then communities cannot use neighbourhood planning to block the building of new homes and businesses; they can, however, use neighbourhood planning to influence the type, design, location and mix of new development;
  • neighbourhood plans must contribute to achieving sustainable development.

With a neighbourhood plan, communities are able to establish general planning policies for the development and use of land in a neighbourhood. They will be able to say, for example, where new homes and offices should be built, and what they should look like. The neighbourhood plan will set a vision for the future. It can be detailed, or general, depending on what local people want.

Stage 3: Independent Check

Once a neighbourhood plan or order has been prepared, an independent examiner will check that it meets the right basic standards.

If the plan or order doesn’t meet the right standards, the examiner will recommend changes. The local planning authority will then need to consider the examiner’s views and decide whether to make those changes.

If the examiner recommends significant changes, then the parish or town council may decide to consult the local community again before proceeding.

Stage 4: Community Referendum

The local planning authority will be responsible for organising a referendum on a neighbourhood plan that meets the basic standards. This ensures that the community has the final say on whether a neighbourhood plan or order comes into force. It is planned that the Godalming & Farncombe Neighbourhood Plan will be tested by referendum in May 2016.

People living in the neighbourhood who are registered to vote in local elections will be entitled to vote in the referendum.

If more than 50% of people voting in the referendum support the neighbourhood plan then the local planning authority must bring it into force.

Stage 5: Legal Force

Once a neighbourhood plan is in force following a successful referendum, it carries real legal weight. Decision makers are obliged to consider proposals for development in the neighbourhood against the neighbourhood plan.

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