Neighbourhood Planning

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The Localism Act 2011 introduced 'Neighbourhood Planning', giving communities the right to shape development in their areas through the production of Neighbourhood Development Plans, Neighbourhood Development Orders and Community Right to Build Orders.

Communities can:

  • choose where they want new homes, shops and offices to be built

  • have their say on what those new buildings should look like

  • grant planning permission for the new buildings they want to see go ahead.

These Plans or Orders can then become part of the Council's local development plan for the Borough, which means that the policies and proposals within them will be used in the determination of planning applications, including appeals. It should be stressed that the policies produced cannot block development that is part of the local development plan, but they can shape and influence where development will go and what it will look like.

Certain procedures and requirements need to be followed in undertaking neighbourhood planning and Woking Borough Council (WBC) has a duty to provide technical and practical support to those that decide to prepare a Neighbourhood Development Plan or Order. Potential assistance that WBC will provide is set out in detail here. For further information on the process of Neighbourhood Planning, including a summary of the key stages of the process, please see the PDFs and useful links at the bottom and to the right of this page.

There are currently four communities seeking to prepare a Neighbourhood Plan in Woking Borough: Byfleet Village, Pyrford, West Byfleet and Brookwood and Bridley. The Hook Heath Neighbourhood Plan has already been adopted by the Council.

Neighbourhood Plan Consultations

Consultation News: The Council is currently consulting on the draft West Byfleet Neighbourhood Plan. The consultation is between Thursday 26th January and 5pm on Friday 10th March and more information can be found here.

Hook Heath Neighbourhood Area

The Council has made the Hook Heath Neighbourhood Plan part of the Development Plan for the purposes of managing development in the Hook Heath Neighbourhood Area. This decision takes effect from 22 October 2015.

Background

Woking Borough Council agreed at its meeting on 24 October 2013 to designate the area shown on the map below as the 'Hook Heath Neighbourhood Area' for the purposes of preparing a Neighbourhood Development Plan by Hook Heath Neighbourhood Forum, under Section 61G(1) of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 (as amended). The Neighbourhood Area is not designated as a business area under Section 61H(1) of the Act as it is not primarily or wholly business in nature. The Council also agreed to designate a Hook Heath Neighbourhood Forum for the purposes of preparing a Neighbourhood Development Plan for this area.

The relevant designated information is set out below:

1. Name of the Neighbourhood Area: Hook Heath Neighbourhood Area

2. Map of the Neighbourhood Area: Map

3. Relevant body: Hook Heath Neighbourhood Forum

4. Copy of the written constitution of the Neighbourhood Forum: See here.

5. Contact details for a member of the Forum: Mr Peter Hill (Chairman), 1 Allen House Park, Woking, Surrey GU22 0DB. Tel: 07967 663468.

A link to the Forum website can be found here.

On 22 August 2014, Woking Borough Council issued a Screening Report in response to a Screening Opinion request from the HHNF dated 13 June 2014. For further details, visit the 'Neighbourhood Plan Screening Decisions' page, found here.

The Council published the Plan proposals and invited representations from Monday 2 February to Monday 16 March 2015. The Neighbourhood Plan proposals, supporting information and representations recieved at the consultation (Regulation 16) was submitted to the Examiner for Examination. The Examiner's report was recieved 28 May 2015

Further details are available here:

Pyrford

The Council has made the Pyrford Neighbourhood Plan part of the Development Plan for the purposes of managing development in Pyrford Neighbourhood Area. This decision takes effect from 9 February 2017.

Background

Woking Borough Council agreed at its meeting on 13 February 2014 to designate the area shown on the map below as the 'Pyrford Neighbourhood Area' for the purposes of preparing a Neighbourhood Development Plan by Pyrford Neighbourhood Forum, under Section 61G(1) of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 (as amended). The Neighbourhood Area is not designated as a business area under Section 61H(1) of the Act as it is not primarily or wholly business in nature. The Council also agreed to designate the Pyrford Neighbourhood Forum for the purposes of preparing a Neighbourhood Development Plan for this area.

The relevant designation information is set out below:

1. Name of the Neighbourhood Area: Pyrford Neighbourhood Area

2. Map of Neighbourhood Area: Map

3. Relevant body: Pyrford Neighbourhood Forum

4. Copy of written constitution of the Neighbourhood Forum: see here

5. Contact details for a member of the Neighbourhood Forum: Mr Martin Doyle, 10 Onslow Way, Pyrford, Woking GU22 8QX. Tel: 01932 346925.

A link to the Forum's website can be found here.

On 16 February 2016, Woking Borough Council issued a Screening Report in response to a Screening Opinion request from the PNF dated 22 December 2015. For further details, visit the 'Neighbourhood Plan Screening Decisions' page, found here.

The Forum formally submitted their Plan to the Council on 22 March 2016. This was followed by a consultation period (Regulation 16) between Monday 4 April and Tuesday 31 May 2016. The Plan documents and the consultation responses were submitted to an Independent Examiner who considered the documents. The Council and the Forum agreed modifications to the Plan before it went to a local referendum. The results of the referendum are published here. Further background information can be found here.

Byfleet Village

Woking Borough Council agreed at its meeting on 13 February 2014 to designate the area shown on the map below as the 'Byfleet Neighbourhood Area' for the purposes of preparing a Neighbourhood Development Plan by Byfleet Residents Neighbourhood Forum, under Section 61G(1) of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 (as amended). The Neighbourhood Area is not designated as a business area under Section 61H(1) of the Act as it is not primarily or wholly business in nature. The Council also agreed to designate the Byfleet Residents Neighbourhood Forum for the purposes of preparing a Neighbourhood Development Plan for this area.

The relevant designation information is set out below:

1. Name of the Neighbourhood Area: Byfleet Neighbourhood Area

2. Map of the Neighbourhood Area: Map

3. Relevant body: Byfleet Residents Neighbourhood Forum

4. Copy of the written constitution of the Neighbourhood Forum: see here

5. Contact details for a member of the Neighbourhood Forum: Mr John E Bond, 41 Mowbray Avenue, Byfleet, Surrey KT14 7PF. Tel: 01932 343351.

A link to the Forum website can be found here.

West Byfleet

Woking Borough Council agreed at its meeting on 27 March 2014 to designate the area shown on the map below as the 'West Byfleet Neighbourhood Area' for the purposes of preparing a Neighbourhood Development Plan by West Byfleet Neighbourhood Forum, under Section 61G(1) of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 (as amended). The Neighbourhood Area is not designated as a business area under Section 61H(1) of the Act as it is not primarily or wholly business in nature. The Council also agreed to designate the West Byfleet Neighbourhood Forum for the purposes of preparing a Neighbourhood Development Plan for this area.

The relevant designation information is set out below:

1. Name of the Neighbourhood Area: West Byfleet Neighbourhood Area

2. Map of the Neighbourhood Area: Map

3. Relevant body: West Byfleet Neighbourhood Forum

4. Copy of the written constitution of the Neighbourhood Forum: see here

5. Contact details for a member of the Neighbourhood Forum: Penny Hoskyn, Shamberry, Maltland Close, West Byfleet KT14 6RF.

A link to the Forum website can be found here.

On 2nd September 2016, Woking Borough Council issued a Screening Report in response to a Screening Opinion request from the West Byfleet Neighbourhood Forum dated 1st August 2016. For further details please click here.

Brookwood and Bridley

Woking Borough Council agreed at its meeting on 10 July 2014, to designate the area shown on the Map as the Brookwood and Bridley Neighbourhood Area for the purposes of preparing a Neighbourhood Development Plan by Brookwood and Bridley Neighbourhood Forum under Section 61G(1) of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 (as amended). The Neighbourhood Area is not designated as a business area under Section 61H(1) of the Act as it is not primarily or wholly business in nature. The Council also agreed at the same meeting to designate the Brookwood and Bridley Neighbourhood Forum for the purposes of preparing a Neighbourhood Development Plan for this area

The relevant designation information is set out below:

1. Name of the Neighbourhood Area: Brookwood and Bridley Neighbourhood Area;

2. Map of Neighbourhood Area: Map

3. Relevant body:Brookwood and Bridley Neighbourhood Forum.

4. Copy of the written constitution of the Neighbourhood Forum: See here

5. Contact details for at least one member of the Neighbourhood Forum: Councillor Kevin Davis, 9 West Hill Close, Brookwood, Woking, Surrey, GU24 0EX

A link to the Forum website can be found here

Contact

If you are interested in preparing a Neighbourhood Plan, ring the planning policy team on 01483 743871 or email planningpolicy@woking.gov.uk.

The planning policy team will be able to offer some assistance to those preparing a Neighbourhood Plan. A list of potential areas of assistance is provided here.

National Planning Practice Guidance on Neighbourhood Planning: http://planningguidance.planningportal.gov.uk/blog/guidance/neighbourhood-planning/

Information on Neighbourhood Planning - resources, step-by-step guides and more: http://mycommunity.org.uk/take-action/neighbourhood-planning/

Neighbourhood Planning Roadmap - all you need to know about the neighbourhood planning journey: http://mycommunity.org.uk/resources/neighbourhood-plan-roadmap-guide/

Information on funding and technical support to create a neighbourhood plan: http://mycommunity.org.uk/funding-options/neighbourhood-planning/

Overview of Localism Act 2011: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/localism-act-2011-overview

Planning Advisory Service Neighbourhood Planning FAQs: http://www.pas.gov.uk/web/pas-test-site/45-neighbourhood-planning-faqs

Information about Neighbourhood Planning funding: http://www.rtpi.org.uk/briefing-room/news-releases/2013/may/launch-of-new-neighbourhood-planning-fund

'My Community Rights' Neighbourhood Planning information: http://mycommunityrights.org.uk/neighbourhood-planning/

'My Community Rights' information on Neighbourhood Planning Policy writing: http://mycommunityrights.org.uk/blog/guide-writing-planning-policies-neighbourhood-plans-released/#sthash%2E8GexIPk6%2Edpuf

Prince's Foundation: http://www.princes-foundation.org/what-we-do/projects/engage/clg-planning-scheme/supporting-communities-and-neighbourhoods-planning

Town and Country Planning Association guidance: http://www.tcpa.org.uk/data/files/your_place_your_plan.pdf