Neighbourhood Plan - Timeline
We launched our Neighbourhood Plan in October 2014 expecting it to take a couple of years to complete. However delays to Waverley’s Local Plan Part 1 and 2, together with changes in legislation around setting Green Belt and Settlement Boundaries, have meant that things have taken longer than expected. We were in the final stretch, as we entered “Regulation 14”, a consultation period, first with residents and then with Waverley Borough Council.
Then Covid happened!
New sites were put forward for consideration, and so those were reviewed, and considered alongside those that had already been assessed. The new sites meant changes to a key part of our plan – the housing policies, and so we have entered a new consultation period for residents to provide feedback on those policies only.
Once the consultation period has concluded, feedback will be assessed and a Final Final Plan produced for submission to Waverley Borough Council, then to an Independent Examiner, and then the local community will participate in a referendum (Covid restrictions permitting!).
Scroll down to find out more about our journey so far …
Our plan was made available for Public Consultation under Regulation 14, and could be reviewed online and at various locations in the village.
Planned exhibitions due to take place on Monday 23rd March and Thursday 2nd April 2020 were cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Instead zoom meetings were held on the 28th April & 4th May to discuss the Plan, and residents were able to complete surveys to provide feedback.
Housing Needs Survey
This survey was taken to ensure that we fully understand the housing needs of our community. This included not only the need for affordable housing, but also the needs of older people wishing to downsize, families wishing to upsize in terms of house and/ or garden size and to understand the types of tenure required. A paper copy was delivered to every household in Elstead and Peper Harow, and an online version publicised.
Site Allocation removed from Neighbourhood Plan
Negotiations took place with Waverley Borough Council, who were in disagreement with our site selection choices. Without the full support of our Local Authority our plan could never have been adopted. Therefore the Steering Group made the decision to remove site allocations from the draft plan.
BIG Survey - Public Exhibition & Meeting to Review Findings
Following our Big Survey a Public Meeting was held on Wednesday 6th July 2016 at St James' School to take residents through the results of the Big Survey. Over 550 residents responded to the Survey, and over 100 residents attended the meeting. Lots of great feedback was received.
Neighbourhood Plan Area Approved
Following discussions with Peper Harow Parish Meeting, it was agreed that the Weyburn area, located in Peper Harow Parish, would be included in our Neighbourhood Plan Area. This is because of the proximity of this area to Elstead, and its importance as a local employment site, hosting both the former factory site and the Tanshire Business Park.
Waverley formally approved the Neighbourhood Plan Area in June 2015.
Working Groups Gather Data
Volunteers from Elstead & Peper Harow formed the 'Elstead and Weyburn Neighbourhood Plan' Steering Group with support from Elstead Parish Council. Five working groups were created to explore fully the following categories:
- Homes & Community Facilities
- Environment, Heritage & Recreation
- Local Employment & Business Support
- Getting Around, Transport and Utilities
Newsletter & Public Meeting
A Newsletter was delivered to every household in Elstead & Peper Harow, advising them of the plan to create a Neighbourhood Plan and inviting them to a public meeting.
The public meeting was held at St James Primary School gaining community support to commence the Neighbourhood Plan process.