After several years of hard work by Farnham residents and businesses, Farnham’s Neighbourhood Plan was adopted by Waverley Borough Council on 28 July 2017.

The Neighbourhood Plan process

Shaped by Farnham people

Residents and businesses were widely consulted over several years about how land should be used and the type of development that should happen across the area for the next 15 years. The completed Plan details housing and employment sites selected after public consultation in 2013/14 and includes policies designed to shape Farnham until 2031.

Independent examination

In November 2016 the Plan had a thorough examination by an appointed independent Examiner. In February 2017 the Examiner concluded that the Plan met the required basic conditions and all legal requirements, and recommended some minor modifications which were made.

Referendum

On Thursday 4 May 2017 a Farnham-wide referendum took place.  A large majority, 88% of the 11,391 people who voted, voted ‘Yes’ in the referendum,  this means the plan will be used by Waverley Borough Council in determining planning applications in the Farnham area in future.

Judicial Review

The legality of the Farnham Neighbourhood Plan was challenged by three developers who wish to build houses on sites not included in the Neighbourhood Plan. After a two-day hearing on 15 and 16 June 2017 at the Royal Courts of Justice, the Judge Mrs Justice Lang DBE dismissed all three grounds put forward by Bewley Homes PLC, Wates Developments Ltd and Catesby Estates (Developments) Ltd and ordered that they pay the defendants’ costs.

Waverley Borough Council adopts the Farnham Neighbourhood Plan

The Farnham Neighbourhood Plan 2013-31 was “made” (adopted) by Waverley Borough Council on 28 July 2017. This now forms part of the development plan for the borough.

See the final version of Farnham’s Neighbourhood Plan. Access the full plan in low resolution for faster download here:

Farnham Neighbourhood Plan – low resolution

Access the plan in higher resolution here:

Farnham Neighbourhood Plan high resolution Sections 1-4 Pages 1-19

Farnham Neighbourhood Plan high resolution Section 5 Part 1 Pages 20-47

Farnham Neighbourhood Plan high resolution Section 5 Part 2 and 6 Pages 48-86

Farnham Neighbourhood Plan high resolution Appendices Pages 87-91

Map of the Neighbourhood Plan area

Farnham Neighbourhood Plan proposals map “made” 28 July 2017

The completed Plan includes details of housing and employment sites selected after public consultation in 2013/14 and policies designed to shape Farnham until 2031.

 

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