Neighbourhood planning was introduced by the Localism Act (2011). It is a way for communities to decide the future of the places where they live and work through the preparation of Neighbourhood Plans, Neighbourhood Development Orders and Community Right to Build Orders.
• Neighbourhood Plans allow communities to establish general planning policies for the development of land in the area.
• Neighbourhood Development Orders (including community right to build orders) grant planning permission for a specific type of development in a particular area.
Neighbourhood plan policies cannot block development but they can shape and influence where development will go and what it will look like.
The regulatory process for Neighbourhood Planning is set out in The Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012.
Neighbourhood Planning in Epsom & Ewell
At present, there are no 'qualifying bodies' in the Borough that can prepare a Neighbourhood Plan or Neighbourhood Order. There are no Parishes within Epsom and Ewell, therefore communities that wish to prepare these documents are required to make an application to the Local Planning Authority to establish themselves as a Neighbourhood Forum and make an application to define the Neighbourhood Area they will cover.
Application for Stoneleigh and Auriol Neighbourhood Area and Application for Stoneleigh and Auriol Neighbourhood Forum
The Council has received an application for the designation of Stoneleigh and Auriol Neighbourhood Area and a separate application for Stoneleigh and Auriol Neighbourhood Forum. The consultation period for both applications runs between Monday 17 August 2020 to Friday 9 October 2020 (5pm).
The Council received an application for the designation of Stoneleigh and Auriol Neighbourhood Area and a separate application for Stoneleigh and Auriol Neighbourhood Forum in July 2020. Please note these are separate applications, one proposing the designation of the Neighbourhood Area and the other proposing the designation of the Neighbourhood Forum.
In order for the Council to consider whether to designate the Neighbourhood Area and the Neighbourhood Forum, it is required to publish the applications for local people to comment on these. The consultation period for both applications runs between Monday 17 August 2020 to Friday 9 October 2020 (5pm). This will be an 8 week consultation period to enable sufficient time for comments to be received. The additional period for comments (an additional two weeks to the minimum 6 week requirement) takes into account the summer holiday period and the continued restrictions imposed as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic.
To view and respond to the proposal, you can register on our online consultation portal and complete the questionnaire/s:
Alternatively you will be able to view the application here when the consultation starts and submit comments via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by post to Planning Policy, The Old Town Hall, The Parade, Epsom KT18 5BY. Please provide your name, contact details and please clearly state reasons (providing evidence where appropriate) for your support or objection for either or both of the applications.
We encourage you to view the information electronically using the links provided . Hard copies of the document will only be available on request via the contact details above (this is due to restrictions imposed by the Coronavirus pandemic).
Application for Stoneleigh and Auriol Neighbourhood Forum
An application for the designation of Stoneleigh and Auriol Neighbourhood Forum (received in January 2020) was consulted on between 24 February 2020 – Monday 6 April 2020. The Council determined the application under emergency powers on 22 May 2020, the decision notice can be found here: Decision Notice
Further information on Neighbourhood Planning is available here: