Bookham Neighbourhood Development Plan

The Bookham Vanguard Neighbourhood Forum has prepared the Bookham Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP). It contains policies about the environment, housing, infrastructure, shops and jobs.

The Bookham NDP can be downloaded from this page (see 'Downloads'). 

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.

The Bookham Neighbourhood Area covers the two District Council Wards of Bookham North and Bookham South. A map of its boundaries is included in the NDP and is also available to download (see 'Downloads').

A referendum was held within the Bookham Neighbourhood Area on 4 May 2017. In response to the question "Do you want Mole Valley District Council to use the Neighbourhood Plan for Bookham to help it decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area?", 80% of those voting voted "yes". 

Further information about the Referendum can be found on the Elections & Voting page.


The draft Bookham NDP was submitted to Mole Valley District Council (MVDC) in December 2015. It was published between 12 February and 6 April 2016 and representations were invited, as required under Regulation 16 of The Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012 and the Localism Act 2011.

More information about how the NDP was prepared can also be found on the Bookham Vanguard website.

Independent Examination

The Independent Examination was conducted by Andrew Ashcroft and his report was received on 5 October 2016. The report concluded that the Bookham NDP meets the basic conditions for the preparation of a neighbourhood plan subject to a series of recommended modifications. Subject to the incorporation of those modifications, the report recommended that the Bookham NDP should proceed to a referendum.

MVDC considered each of the examiner's recommendations report at the Council meeting on 6 December 2016. The Council agreed to accept the examiner's recommendations and to make modifications to the draft NDP in accordance with the examiner's report, with some minor and non-material amendments to wording for clarity.

MVDC is satisfied that the NDP meets the basic conditions, is compatible with the Convention on Human Rights and other EU obligations and complies with the relevant Regulations, including with respect to the definition of a Neighbourhood Development Plan and the provisions that can be made by a Neighbourhood Development Plan. A Decision Notice to this effect is available (see 'Downloads').

The modified NDP is available to download, along with the Examiner's Report and a Schedule of Modifications, which summarises the changes that have been made.

The December 2015 draft NDP, its supporting documents and a summary of the representations received can also be downloaded.

Keeping in touch

If you wish to be kept informed about the progress of the BNDP, or if you require any further information, please contact the Planning Policy Team at MVDC on 01306 879281 or email

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Last Updated: 06/06/2017

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