Neighbourhood Planning

Neighbourhood planning is a process by which communities can come together and prepare plans that will guide the type of developments they wish to see in their local area.

Neighbourhood planning enables parish councils and, in non-parish areas, neighbourhood forums, the opportunity to use tools such as 'Neighbourhood Development Plans' and 'Neighbourhood Development Orders' to prepare a spatial plan for their area, in consultation with local residents, businesses and other interested parties.

A Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP) should support the strategic development needs set out in the Local Plan and plan positively to support local development. NDPs are tools for sustainable development and cannot be used to prevent development in an area - they can only include proposals for an equal (or greater) amount of growth than is set out in the local authority's development plan.

Certain procedures and requirements need to be followed in undertaking neighbourhood planning and Mole Valley District Council (MVDC) has a duty to provide technical and practical support to those that decide to prepare a Neighbourhood Development Plan or Order. For more information please contact the Planning Policy team via email planning.policy@molevalley.gov.uk or phone 01306 879281.

There are currently five communities preparing a Neighbourhood Development Plan in Mole Valley:

Process of preparing a Neighbourhood Development Plan

There are three main stages in preparing a Neighbourhood Plan. These are:

1. Getting Established

The first step in preparing a Neighbourhood Plan is to designate the Neighbourhood Area and, where appropriate, set up a Neighbourhood Forum. The Neighbourhood Area needs to be approved by MVDC who is required to consult on the proposal for 4-6 weeks, depending on the type of application.  Copies of approved Neighbourhood Area and Neighbourhood Forum applications for the five NDPs being prepared in Mole Valley are available (see 'Downloads').

2. Preparing the Plan

Preparing to write a Neighbourhood Plan includes building an evidence base and conducting consultations with the local community and developing local partnerships. This will inform the vision and/or aims of the plan which will then inform the formulation of policies. Community engagement is necessary at all stages of the plan-making process.

3. Bringing the Plan into force

The proposed Neighbourhood Plan will be submitted to the local planning authority (MVDC). Providing the plan meets all the requirements the local planning authority will publicise the plan and arrange for an independent examination and public referendum.

For more information on the process of preparing a Neighbourhood Plan please see the 'Locality' website which contains useful guides on preparing Neighbourhood Plans (see 'Internet Links').

Ashtead

Ashtead Community Vision began preparation of their Neighbourhood Development Plan in July 2013. A map identifying the extent of the Ashtead Neighbourhood Area and a copy of the Forum's Constitution are available (see 'Downloads').

The Ashtead NDP was submitted to MVDC in April 2016. On 21 June 2016, MVDC's Executive agreed that the NDP complies with the procedural requirements for preparation and submission of a Neighbourhood Development Plan as defined in the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 (as amended) and Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012. The NDP was published for a six week period from 24 June to 5 August 2016. The independent examination took place during autumn 2016 and the examiner's report was published 2 November 2016.

At the Council meeting on 6 December 2016, MVDC agreed to accept the examiner's recommendations and to make arrangements for a referendum to be held on 4 May 2017.

Copies of the Ashtead NDP, the examiner's report and the Council's Decision Statement can be found on the Ashtead NDP web page. 

The Ashtead NDP went to referendum on 4 May 2017, and received a majority vote in favour of adopting the plan. A report was presented to the Annual Council Meeting on 23 May 2017, asking Members to make the Ashtead NDP.

The NDP was "made" on 23 May 2017 at the Annual Council meeting of Mole Valley District Council. It forms part of the Development Plan for Mole Valley and its policies will be used when considering planning applications submitted in the Ashtead Neighbourhood Area.

For more information please also see the Ashtead Community Vision website.

Bookham

Bookham Vanguard was designated in September 2012, as part of the government's pilot scheme for preparing a Neighbourhood Development Plan. A map identifying the extent of the Bookham Neighbourhood Area and a copy of the Forum's Constitution are available (see 'Downloads').

The Bookham NDP (BNDP) was submitted to MVDC in December 2015 and was published between 12 February and 6 April 2016, for the submission of representations. The independent examination took place during the summer of 2016 and the examiner's report was published on 5 October 2016.

At the Council meeting on 6 December 2016, MVDC agreed to accept the examiner's recommendations and to make arrangements for a referendum to be held on 4 May 2017.

The Bookham NDP went to referendum on 4 May 2017, and received a majority vote in favour of adopting the plan.  A report was presented to the Annual Council Meeting on 23 May 2017, asking Members to make the Bookham NDP.

The NDP was "made" on 23 May 2017 at the Annual Council meeting of Mole Valley District Council. It forms part of the Development Plan for Mole Valley and its policies will be used when considering planning applications submitted in the Bookham Neighbourhood Area.

Copies of the Bookham NDP, the examiner's report and the Council's Decision Statement can be found on the Bookham NDP page

Capel

Capel Parish Council began preparation of a Neighbourhood Development Plan for Capel Parish (Beare Green, Capel and Coldharbour) in May 2015. A map identifying the extent of the Capel Neighbourhood Area is available (see 'Downloads').

The Capel NDP was submitted to MVDC in December 2016. The NDP was published between February and April 2017, and an independent examination held during June 2017. The examiner recommended a number of changes to the NDP. Those changes were accepted by Capel Parish Council in July 2017 who requested that MVDC adopt the revised NDP. On 10 October 2017, MVDC duly considered the revised NDP, determined that it met the basic conditions of soundness as required by regulation, and agreed to arrange a referendum. 

Further information can be found on the Capel NDP web page.

Ockley

Ockley began preparation of their Neighbourhood Plan in February 2013. For the most up to date information please see the Ockley Parish NDP website.

A map identifying the extent of the Ockley Neighbourhood Area and a copy of the Steering Group's Constitution are available (see 'Downloads').

Westcott

Westcott Village Forum began preparation of their Neighbourhood Plan in March 2013. A map identifying the extent of the Westcott Neighbourhood Area and a copy of the Forum's Constitution are available (see 'Downloads').

For more information about how the NDP was developed see the Westcott Neighbourhood Forum website.

The Westcott NDP was submitted to MVDC in February 2017.  The NDP was publicised between May and June 2017, and an independent examination held in July 2017.  The examiner recommended a number of changes to the NDP, which were subsequently accepted by the Westcott Village Forum in September 2017.  On 10 October 2017, MVDC determined that the revised NDP met the basic conditions of soundness required by the regulations, and agreed to arrange a referendum.

 Further information can be found on the Westcott NDP web page.

Last Updated: 11/10/2017




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