In areas with a parish or town council (such as Waverley), they must take the lead in neighbourhood planning.
The town or parish council will then need to decide on the area which best represents your ‘neighbourhood’ and apply to the council for it to be formally designated as a neighbourhood area for the purposes of planning. The application must include:
A map, accurately showing the area to which the area application relates. The Borough Council can help you with the map. The neighbourhood area will normally cover the whole parish, but it can cover just part of it, or even more than one parish, but the boundaries for separate neighbourhood areas cannot overlap.
Waverley Borough Council will check the application to ensure that it is valid. It will then publicise the application (for between 4 and 6 weeks, depending on the proposed area) and at the end of this period, it will consider and determine the application. The council will aim to designate the area applied for but if the area is not considered to be appropriate then a revised area boundary must be designated.
In areas such as Waverley, the ‘qualifying body’ responsible for producing a neighbourhood plan must be the town or parish council. Parish and town councils may choose to put together a working or steering group comprising community representatives to assist in the process but the parish/town council is the body ultimately responsible for consulting on the plan and submitting it for examination.