Farnham Design Statement
With concern that current planning policies were not giving Farnham the protection it needed Farnham Town council decided it needed to do something.
Although, Farnham Town Council has no power to control the planning process it does have the opportunity to influence new planning policies by putting together a ‘Design Statement’. The Design Statement has split Farnham into different areas, provided information and a series of Design Guidelines for each area.
For the past number of months Farnham Town Council has been busy collecting the information for the statement. The first draft statement was ready in January 2010 – this was put together from a series of workshops held with local residents’ associations and Town Councillors.
In February 2010 the public at a large had the opportunity to comment on the statement through a series of 5 roadshows and via the website. We received many comments on things that were missing, things that were wrong or things that needed to be added.
The amendments were then incorporated into the draft statement and a further edition produced for public consultation between 15th March and 30th April 2010. The consultation was held on the website, sent out to 21 statutory organisation and 64 local developers, and at a series of 9 roadshows.
The comments received were incorporated into the document and it was sent to Waverley Borough Council for final comment. The document was formally adopted by Farnham Town Council at the Full Council meeting on the 3rd June 2010 and a letter sent to Waverley Borough Council to request that they formally adopt the document as ‘material planning consideration’.
On the 20th July 2010 Waverley Borough Council agreed to formally adopt the Farnham Design Statement as Material Planning Consideration.
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