New Place-Shaping approach adopted by Waverley

Published Wednesday, 20 March 2019

Waverley Borough Council is set to embark on a new place-shaping agenda.

Councillors at last night’s Full Council meeting unanimously approved a funding reserve for exciting community-led projects across the borough, such as producing a Farnham Masterplan. 

A total of £250,000 has been earmarked to create the Place-Shaping Fund, which will come from the one-off financial gain from Waverley’s participation in the 2018/19 business rate pilot. The future work coming out of the fund will take into account various council and partner strategies and plans, including the Corporate Strategy 2018-2023, Local Plan, Economic Development Strategy, Housing Strategy and Neighbourhood Plans. 

The council has recently committed to working with Farnham Town Council and Surrey County Council to begin the masterplan process for the borough’s largest town, Farnham. All three councils have agreed to fund the masterplan, with Waverley contributing £44,000 out of the Place-Shaping Fund and Surrey County Council matching the same amount. Farnham Town Council will invest £10,000. 

As the Farnham masterplan develops, the council will gather learning and experience from the project, which can then be applied to similar schemes in other areas of the borough. 

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