These FAQs have been developed by the Planning Policy Team at Waverley Borough Council to provide assistance to those participating in the Haslemere Neighbourhood Plan Referendum.
What is neighbourhood planning?
Neighbourhood planning gives communities direct power to develop a shared vision for their neighbourhood and shape the development and growth of their local area. Neighbourhood planning provides a powerful set of tools for local people to plan for the types of development to meet their community’s needs and where the ambition of the neighbourhood is aligned with the strategic needs and priorities of the wider local area.
Who has prepared the Haslemere Neighbourhood Plan?
The Haslemere Neighbourhood Plan has been prepared by Haslemere Town Council in consultation with the local community.
What area is covered by the Haslemere Neighbourhood Plan?
The Haslemere Neighbourhood Plan covers all of the parish of Haslemere. A map showing this area can be found in the Information Statement.
Has the Haslemere Neighbourhood Plan been subject to any consultation and scrutiny?
Yes. The Plan has been prepared in accordance with the relevant national legislation which requires various consultation stages. The Plan was also submitted for Examination by an Independent Examiner. The Examiner published their report into the Haslemere Neighbourhood Plan in July 2021, and concluded that subject to a number of modifications recommended to ensure the Plan meet the required ‘basic conditions’, the Plan should proceed to Referendum. On 10 August 2021 the Council agreed with the Examiner’s recommendations.
What happens after the Referendum?
If the Plan is successful at Referendum (i.e. more than 50% of those voting in the Referendum vote in favour of the Plan), Waverley will then ‘make’ (adopt) the Plan, at which point it becomes part of the Development Plan for the area, against which decisions on planning applications will be made.
Therefore, when planning applications are submitted for sites within the neighbourhood plan area, planning officers will assess the proposals against not only Waverley’s Local Plan, but also the policies within the Haslemere Neighbourhood Plan.
For clarity, the determination of planning applications will remain the responsibility of Waverley Borough Council.
If the Plan is not successful at Referendum, Waverley will not be able to ‘make’ (adopt) the Plan, and the draft Plan will be of no weight when determining planning applications. Haslemere Town Council will then need to decide whether or not they wish to continue to prepare a Plan that receives public support.