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.

The council can help in the following ways:

  • 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.



Waverley Borough Council is not legally obliged to provide any financial assistance to parish or town councils producing a Neighbourhood Plan.  Parish and town councils will have to consider the likely cost of producing a neighbourhood plan and how to fund them.   Free advice and guidance on neighbourhood planning is provided by Locality and their partners.

Locality has a Grants and Support webpage explaining the types of support available to help you write your neighbourhood plan or prepare a neighbourhood development order. This can be through technical support or a neighbourhood planning grant. All groups are eligible to apply for total grant funding of up to £9,000 over the three year programme from 2015-18.

We are now in the final year of the programme, applications for grants and technical support close on 31 January 2018, with grants expenditure completed by 31 March 2018.

Locality’s website also gives an indication through case study examples of the likely costs of creating a neighbourhood plan.

There is also a document of FAQs compiled by the government to give information to local authorities on funding for neighbourhood planning.


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: 03/05/2017 16:45