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Group of people holding copies of the Farnham Neighbourhood Plan

Epic moment for town’s Plan

Group of people holding copies of the Farnham Neighbourhood Plan

Farnham’s Neighbourhood Plan has cleared the final hurdle in its Herculean quest to be re-adopted by Waverley Borough Council.

An early review of the first Neighbourhood Plan, which was adopted in 2017 was triggered by a requirement to accommodate more homes. The amended Neighbourhood Plan went to local referendum on 12 March. Of those who voted, 95.5% said they wanted Waverley Borough Council to use the Plan to help decide planning applications in the Farnham area.

Councillor Carole Cockburn led on the review of the Neighbourhood Plan and said: “The Farnham electorate gave a very clear mandate when they voted at the referendum. This positive approval triggered the long-awaited requirement for Waverley Borough Council to adopt the Plan. I am delighted that this has now happened, and that going forward the Plan will play an influential role in deciding planning applications in the Farnham neighbourhood.

“It has taken longer than we wanted to reach this stage but thanks to a fantastic community effort, we’ve made it. Everybody who contributed to the Neighbourhood Plan has every right to feel proud of their effort to shape Farnham’s destiny.”

Councillor John Neale, Leader of Farnham Town Council said: “I would like to pay tribute to Councillor Cockburn and the wide range of community groups who supported this successful referendum. I’d particularly like to thank the Farnham Society for a very well-co-ordinated awareness raising campaign.”

Farnham Town Council is believed to be only the third council in the country to have taken a second neighbourhood plan through a referendum.

View the adopted Farnham Neighbourhood Plan

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