Assistance with Neighbourhood Plans

Waverley Borough Council has a duty to provide support and assistance to parish and town councils in the borough that are preparing a neighbourhood plan, although responsibility for producing the neighbourhood plan lies with the town or parish council itself.

We can help by:

  • Assigning a dedicated planning policy officer to be your first point of contact
  • Providing general and technical advice, for example on the status of the Local Plan and how this might affect the neighbourhood plan, and on Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA)
  • Making existing data and evidence available, for example that we have already gathered for our new Local Plan (see the Evidence Studies/ Research and Supporting Documents page of our website)
  • Providing Ordnance survey (OS) maps
  • Attending occasional meetings with the steering group in your community.  We would prefer these to be held in working hours if possible
  • Reviewing draft policies and providing comments on whether they are likely to meet the ‘basic conditions’
  • Organising the independent examination of the neighbourhood plan and, if necessary, by arranging and carrying out the referendum to let the community decide if the neighbourhood plan should be adopted.

We would, in return, ask that you give us advance notice of any requests so that we can allocate appropriate resources to handle the request. You should also take the Council’s Committee cycle into account in planning your neighbourhood plan processes.

If you are a member of the public, you can get involved in this process by firstly contacting your Parish or Town Council to see if they have made a decision on which option is the most appropriate for them. Express your interest in getting involved and think about how you could do this, for example: what skills and time can you offer? It can be anything from offering to distribute leaflets to helping write the plan.

If you are a parish council, (each of Waverley’s Towns is already in the process of producing plans) please contact us if you would like to discuss the possibility of your parish producing a neighbourhood plan. Several Waverley towns and parishes have already begun to do this.

Funding

Parish and town councils will need to consider the likely cost of producing a neighbourhood plan and how to fund it.

The 2018-2022 Neighbourhood Planning Support programme started on 3 April 2018.  You can apply for funding for grant support up to £9,000. Groups facing more complex issues may be eligible for an additional grant of £8,000 or technical support.

Some useful links on the Neighbourhood Planning website:

Neighbourhood Planning Support

Technical support

Grant funding

Resources

A full set of Neighbourhood Planning Resources for Communities is now available. These are designed to help both those at the start and at the advanced stage if the process and topics covered include:

  • Project planning and resourcing your neighbourhood plan
  • Working with your local planning authority/ landowners and developers
  • Designating a neighbourhood area/ neighbourhood forum
  • Developing a vision and objectives
  • Gathering and using evidence
  • Preparing a character assessment
  • Writing planning policies
  • Submitting your neighbourhood plan proposal

We also have a step-by-step guide to producing your plan.

Page owner: Sophie Piper. Last updated: 25/04/2018 09:36