Parish Council (neighbourhood) plans

Neighbourhood Plans set out policies about development and use of land in a parish or neighbourhood area. In this area only parish councils are able to produce Neighbourhood Plans.

We have produced a Neighbourhood Planning Guide to the Statutory Process document to help explain the formal and legal steps a Neighbourhood Plan must follow.

Current applications and Neighbourhood Plans

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

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. 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 whether potential economic, environmental and social impacts the Neighbourhood Plan may have.

Dormansland SEA Draft Consultation doc

A formal application was made by Limpsfield 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 Limpsfield Parish a Neighbourhood Area.

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

A Stratgic Environmental Assessment (SEA) has been undertaken for the Limpsfield Neighbourhood Plan and it has been determined  an SEA is required. For more information, view the SEA screening report.

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.

A map of the area can be viewed here

Work is now underway to prepare the Tandridge Neighbourhood Plan.

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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:

Adopted Woldingham Neighbourhood Plan doc

Adoption Statement doc

Examination Report Final doc

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.