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 Forum
An application was received by the Council for the designation of Stoneleigh and Auriol Neighbourhood Forum in January 2020. This was followed by a consultation period held 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: