Neighbourhood Plans

The Localism Act enables communities to produce their own formal plans for a defined area (the neighbourhood area) under the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012. In this area only parish councils are able to produce Neighbourhood Plans.

They are discretionary, but a community has the right to decide to prepare such a plan if it wishes to. Neighbourhood plans are prepared by the community and set out local planning policies in relation to that area. They have to be in line with national and local planning policy, have to be independently examined and then voted upon in a local referendum as to whether or not they should be formally adopted.

You can view information on current and emerging neighbourhood plans below:

Current applications and Neighbourhood Plans

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A formal application was made by Burstow Parish Council to designate the Neighbourhood Area and was publicised in accordance with the relevant Regulations. No adverse comments were received. On 15 June 2015 the Council designated the Burstow Parish a Neighbourhood Area.

The area is shown on this map: Burstow Neighbourhood Area Map document

Caterham, Chaldon and Whyteleafe – Regulation 16 Consultation

Tandridge District Council published the submitted Caterham, Chaldon and Whyteleafe Neighbourhood Plan for a six week consultation, running from 9am Friday 19 July until 5pm on Monday 2 September 2019. This consultation is now closed.

You can view the responses made to the consultation at https://tandridge-consult.objective.co.uk/portal/neighbourhood_plans. Personal details have been redacted. 

The documents which were consulted on are available to download below.

Supporting information and additional documentation is available to view at www.ccwnp.org.uk.

The Consultation Statement Addendum July 2019 and Annex I to the Consultation Statement explain that in June 2019 owners of land proposed to be designated as Local Green Space were notified of this by the CCW Steering Group.

Three responses were received. You can see the responses here.

The landowners were also consulted formally as part of the Regulation 16 consultation described above.  

Next steps

An independent Examiner (Mr Jeremy Edge) has been appointed by Tandridge District Council, and all the responses made to the Regulation 16 consultation, and the three responses to the June 2019 consultation on Local Green Space, together with the material submitted by the parishes at Regulation 16, have been passed to him for consideration.

Any questions raised by the Examiner, and details of any public hearing will be published on this website and on the website of the Caterham Chaldon and Whyteleafe neighbourhood plan at www.ccwnp.org.uk.

To date the Examiner has asked for further information on two issues: proposed allocations of Local Green Space, and housing sites, within the neighbourhood plan area.

He asked the group responsible for preparing the plan to complete a template providing information on each proposed Local Green Space by mid February 2020. These have been received. View the completed templates.

He has also asked for an update of Table 5.2 in the neighbourhood plan, which lists sites for housing in the neighbourhood plan area, and requested further information on the delivery of those sites.  He also asked the CCW Steering Group and Tandridge District Council to agree a Statement of Common Ground relating to this Table before the hearing date. View the updated table and the Statement of Common Ground.

He is  will hold a hearing on Tuesday 10 March 2020, at the Soper Hall, Harestone Valley Road, Caterham CR3 6HY, commencing at 10am. He has issued an agenda, a list of invitees he wishes to hear from, and a series of questions. Due to the availability of some invitees please note that he will deal with the Housing topic first ie the agenda will be taken in reverse order on the day.  View the agenda.     

The Examiner will report to the Council on the neighbourhood plan. If the neighbourhood plan is acceptable it will progress to local referendum, and if approved at referendum, will become part of Tandridge District Council’s planning policies for the area.

If you have any queries, please contact the Strategy Team on 01883 722000 or e-mail neighbourhoodplans@tandridge.gov.uk.

Background

The first proposal for a Neighbourhood Plan in Tandridge was for the area made up by the Caterham Hill Parish, Caterham Valley Parish, Chaldon Parish and Whyteleafe Parish. This proposed Neighbourhood Plan was the subject of a "front runner" bid for Government funding in late 2011. The bid was successful and £20,000 was awarded to help prepare the Neighbourhood Plan. More details can be found on the website.

A formal application made by Caterham Hill Parish Council, Caterham Valley Parish Council, Chaldon Village Council and Whyteleafe Village Council to designate the Neighbourhood Area was received by the Council and was publicised in accordance with the relevant Regulations. No comments were received. On 18 July 2012 the Council designated the Caterham Hill/Caterham Valley/Chaldon/Whyteleafe Neighbourhood Area.

Upon expiry of the original designation, a formal application to re-designate the Neighbourhood Area (unchanged) was received by the Council and publicised in accordance with the relevant Regulations. No adverse comments were received. On 10 September 2018 the Council designated the Caterham Hill/Caterham Valley/Chaldon/Whyteleafe Neighbourhood Area.

The area is shown on this map of CR3 Neighbourhood Area.

The District Council has screened the proposed Neighbourhood Plan to determine if a Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) will be required. The CR3 Neighbourhood Plan SEA Screening doc concludes a SEA will be required.

Following the first SEA, the Neighbourhood Plan decided to no longer allocate sites. View the update to the SEA.

A formal application was made by Crowhurst Parish Council to designate the Neighbourhood Area and was publicised in accordance with the relevant Regulations. No adverse comments were received. On 30 October 2015 the Council designated the Crowhurst Parish a Neighbourhood Area.

The Map of proposed area in Crowhurst doc is shown.

A formal application was made by Dormansland Parish Council to designate the Neighbourhood Area was received by the Council and was publicised in accordance with the relevant Regulations. No comments were received. On 28 May 2014 the Council designated the Dormansland Parish a Neighbourhood Area.

The area is shown on this map: Dormansland Neighbourhood Plan area doc

The Dormansland Neighbourhood Plan has had a Strategic Environmental Assessment Screening Report carried out to determine what potential economic, environmental and social impacts the Neighbourhood Plan may have.

Dormansland SEA Draft Consultation doc

A formal application was made by Godstone Parish Council to designate the Neighbourhood Area and was received by the Council and publicised in accordance with the relevant Regulations. No adverse comments were received. On 16 March 2017 the Council designated the Godstone Parish a Neighbourhood Area.

The area is shown on this map: Godstone Neighbourhood Plan area

Limpsfield Neighbourhood Plan 

On Tuesday 25 June 2019, the Planning Policy Committee, on behalf of the Council, "made" (adopted) the Limpsfield Neighbourhood Plan. The adopted version of the plan and an adoption statement are available to view below:

View the maps associated with the Adopted Neighbourhood Plan.

A formal application was made by Lingfield Parish Council to designate the Neighbourhood Area was received by the Council and was publicised in accordance with the relevant Regulations. No adverse comments were received. On 18 June 2014 the Council designated the Lingfield Parish a Neighbourhood Area.

The area is shown on this map: Lingfield Neighbourhood Area map doc.

A formal application was made by Tandridge Parish Council to designate the Neighbourhood Area and was publicised in accordance with the relevant Regulations. No adverse comments were received. On 20 June 2017 the Council designated the Tandridge Parish a Neighbourhood Area.

 The area is shown on this map: Tandridge Neighbourhood Area map

 

A formal application was made by Tatsfield Parish Council to designate the Neighbourhood Area and was received by the Council and publicised in accordance with the relevant Regulations. No adverse comments were received. On 6 June 2017 the Council designated the Tatsfield Parish a Neighbourhood Area.


The area is shown on this map: Tatsfield Neighbourhood Plan area
 

On Thursday 17 March 2016, the Planning Policy Committee agreed to refer the Woldingham Neighbourhood Plan to Full Council for adoption. Full Council adopted the Woldingham Neighbourhood Plan on Thursday 21 April 2016. The adopted version of plan and an adoption statement are available to view below:

View the maps associated with the Adopted Neighbourhood Plan.

The purpose of Neighbourhood Plans

Parish councils can use neighbourhood planning to:

  • Set planning policies through Neighbourhood Plans to determine decisions on planning applications.
  • Grant planning permission through Neighbourhood Development Orders and Community Right to Build Orders for specific development which complies with the order.

The ambition of the neighbourhood should be aligned with the strategic needs and priorities of the wider local area. Neighbourhood Plans must generally conform to the strategic policies of the Local Plan and reflect the policies in the Local Plan.

Neighbourhood Plans and Orders should not promote less development than set out in the Local Plan or undermine its strategic policies.

The process of preparing a Neighbourhood Plan

As a first step Parish Councils are required to submit an application to the District Council to designate a Neighbourhood Area. Applications will be published on this web page. When a draft Neighbourhood Plan has been produced it will need to be submitted for a formal examination in front of an independent inspector. If the Plan is found to be 'sound' it will then be the subject of a local referendum, if the referendum agrees to the Plan the District Council will then adopt the Neighbourhood Plan as part of the statutory development plan for the area.

The Royal Town Planning Institute and Planning Aid have a Neighbourhood Planning Forum for groups involved in Neighbourhood Planning or who are interested in the process.