The Localism Act 2011 introduced 'Neighbourhood Planning', giving communities the right to shape development in their areas through the production of Neighbourhood Development Plans, Neighbourhood Development Orders and Community Right to Build Orders.
choose where they want new homes, shops and offices to be built
have their say on what those new buildings should look like
grant planning permission for the new buildings they want to see go ahead.
These Plans or Orders can then become part of the Council's local development plan for the Borough, which means that the policies and proposals within them will be used in the determination of planning applications, including appeals. It should be stressed that the policies produced cannot block development that is part of the local development plan, but they can shape and influence where development will go and what it will look like.
Certain procedures and requirements need to be followed in undertaking neighbourhood planning and Woking Borough Council (WBC) has a duty to provide technical and practical support to those that decide to prepare a Neighbourhood Development Plan or Order. Potential assistance that WBC will provide is set out in detail here.
There are several communities seeking to prepare a Neighbourhood Plan in Woking Borough. For full details, including further information on the process of neighbourhood planning, please refer to the Council's website here.