After several years of hard work by Farnham residents and businesses, Farnham’s Neighbourhood Plan is a step closer to being adopted. The final stage is a Farnham-wide referendum on Thursday 4th May. If there is a majority voting ‘Yes’ in the referendum the plan will be used by Waverley Borough Council in determining Planning applications in the Farnham area in future. If there is a majority voting ‘No’ the Neighbourhood Plan will not be adopted and there will be less clarity about where future development will go.
Residents and businesses have been widely consulted about how land should be used and the type of development that should happen across the area for the next 15 years. The proposed Plan shows the housing and employment sites needed in Farnham and identifies key sites where development could take place.
The Plan has been shaped and influenced by Farnham people and endorsed with minor modifications, by an independent Examiner.
With an adopted Neighbourhood Plan for Farnham, Waverley Borough Council will have a clear guide to help when deciding planning applications in the Farnham area.
Farnham is one of the best places to live
Residents are justly proud of Farnham. The historic centre is designated as a conservation area for its special architectural and historic character alongside other conservation areas such as Great Austins, Wrecclesham and Old Church Lane. There are 360 listed buildings within Farnham and the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty extends to the south east of The Bourne and Moor Park areas. There are also great open spaces such as Farnham Park and Bishop’s Meadow.
With all of this on the doorstep it isn’t surprising that Farnham has again made it into the top ten of Sunday Times best places to live in the south east.
The final stage in the Neighbourhood Plan process?
The Neighbourhood Plan has been through a long process over several years involving community and business groups from the outset and throughout.
It has had a thorough examination by an appointed independent Examiner. The Examiner concluded that the Plan meets the required basic conditions and all legal requirements, and recommended some minor modifications which are being made.
The revised Neighbourhood Plan is available to view here. Access the full plan in low resolution for faster download here:
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
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.
It will now be put to a referendum where electors will be asked if they wish Waverley Borough Council to use the Neighbourhood Plan for Farnham to help it decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area.
What happens next
Waverley Borough Council has agreed the modifications and put the Plan to a referendum.
On 4 May, electors will be asked if they wish Waverley Borough Council to use the Neighbourhood Plan for Farnham to help it decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area.
To become a legal document, a referendum has to be held to find out if the majority of the Farnham electorate agree with the content of the Plan.
Every person who is registered to vote in the Farnham Town Council area will be given an opportunity to confirm whether they wish the Neighbourhood Plan to shape development in Farnham over the next 15 years.