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Influence the future of Farnham

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Residents are being urged to have their say on the revised version of Farnham’s Neighbourhood Plan by the consultation closing date on Sunday 30 September.

An early review was instigated after Waverley Borough Council revealed that Farnham needs to accommodate an additional 450 homes in the next 20 years.

To ensure the Neighbourhood Plan continues to reflect the wishes of the people of Farnham, residents are invited to complete a short survey giving their views on seven sites that have been identified as suitable for the additional homes. The sites were put forward by owners in response to a call for sites earlier this year.

Farnham Town Council assessed the sites against an agreed set of criteria to ensure they are within Farnham’s built up area boundary, are of a suitable size and that the owners wish to develop the sites between now and 2032. The selected sites range in location and size and have capacity for between ten and 125 dwellings.

Opinions are also being sought on an update to the areas of high landscape value and sensitivity map and new proposed ‘suitable alternative natural green space’ (SANG).

Councillor Carole Cockburn, Leader of Farnham Town Council says: “Over the summer, we have been out and about in Farnham and on hand to answer residents’ questions about the Neighbourhood Plan review. There’s still chance to find out about the review as we will be at the Health and Wellbeing Day at Farnham Hospital on Saturday 22 September at the Farmers’ Market on 23 September and the Food Festival on 30 September.

“If you feel strongly about the future of Farnham, I would encourage you to influence what happens in the next 20 years by taking a few minutes to complete the survey.”

Once the consultation closes, the survey results and comments will be analysed and considered by Farnham Town Council to see if any further revision is required prior to formally submitting a ‘Regulation 15’ Neighbourhood Plan to Waverley. This will be followed by an independent examination.

If both Waverley and the independent examiner agree that the changes proposed do not change the nature of the original Neighbourhood Plan, a second referendum will not be required.

See the Neighbourhood Plan pages to complete the survey and to find out more about the consultation.

Caption: Councillor Carole Cockburn and Cllr John Ward took the Neighbourhood Plan roadshow to the Farnham Maltings where they were on hand to answer questions about the review.

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