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Waverley’s Local Plan Part 2 Consultation

News Release Issued by Waverley Borough Council  

Local Plan Part 2 Consultation

Residents, businesses and developers are being invited by Waverley Borough Council to give their views on the draft Local Plan Part 2: Site Allocations and Development Management Policies.

The council adopted part one of the new Local Plan in February 2018. This set the overall strategy for development in the borough for the period up to 2032 and contains key strategic policies, including the number of new homes to be provided and their broad distribution. Local Plan Part 2 will complete this work by setting the policies that direct planning application decisions, and will allocate sites for housing in Haslemere and Witley, where individual Neighbourhood Plans are not doing so. Part 2 of the Plan also allocates sites in the borough for Gypsies and Travellers and will review other land designations.

You can comment on the document by submitting your views between Friday 27 November 2020 and Friday 29 January 2021 (inclusive).

The plan and supporting documents as well as information on how to make a representation, will be available to view on the council’s website at: www.waverley.gov.uk/LPP2.

Hard copies of the documents will be available for viewing at the Council Offices, The Burys, Godalming, GU7 1HR by appointment only, and other suitable arrangements will be made for those who are not able to view the documents electronically and who are either unable or unwilling to travel to Godalming during the current pandemic. Anyone wishing to make such arrangements should contact the council’s Customer Services Team on 01483 523333.

In addition, the consultation will run for a period of nine weeks, rather than the statutory minimum of six, in order to mitigate any impact on the consultation that may be caused by Covid-19. Following the consultation, the plan will be updated and submitted to the Secretary of State for approval and subsequent adoption as council policy.

Councillor Andy Macleod, Portfolio Holder for Planning Policy and Services said: “The draft Local Plan Part 2 is the result of a great deal of hard work by our officers, detailed evidence gathering, public consultation and working with our partners in town and parish councils across the borough.

“We want Waverley to continue to be one of the best places in the UK, where people of all ages want to live, work and visit.

“The pre-submission consultation, starting on Friday 20 November, asks all interested parties what they think about our proposals for a new suite of development management policies and site allocations, as set out within Local Plan Part 2.

“We want to make sure this plan is right for our communities. The council is very interested in hearing your views and I would encourage everyone to take the time to get involved.”

For further information contact:
Tel: 01483  523296
Web : www.waverley.gov.uk
Email: communications@waverley.gov.uk

Government’s Planning White Paper Published

From: Chief Executive, Waverley Borough Council – Tom Horwood
Subject: Planning White Paper published
To: Waverley Borough Councillors, Parish & Town Clerks

Dear Councillor/Colleague

The Government’s White Paper, Planning for the Future, has been published today and can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/news/launch-of-planning-for-the-future-consultation-to-reform-the-planning-system.

We shall be looking in detail at this in the coming weeks and discussing it with you, noting that the deadline for consultation responses is 28 October. We shall also circulate further commentary and analysis from other sources as it appears.

With best wishes


Tom Horwood – Chief Executive, Waverley Borough Council

Response to Haslemere South Residents’ Association

I noticed this tweet from the Haslemere South Residents’ Association.

This week, HSRA will present quotes from prospective town councillors – their opinions on developing DS15 and the ‘wider site’ of AONB land. To clarify, HSRA is not a political group and has no affiliation with any political party. We just want to know who will protect this land!— Haslemere South (@HaslemereSouth) April 8, 2019

This is my response as prospective town councillor for Haslemere Town Council, as requested:

– first & foremost, I support protecting AONB etc.

– if elected, I will challenge why AONB/AGLV considerations are inconsistent in different planning applications that come before Haslemere Town Council’s planning committee.

– I was unhappy that Waverley Borough Council asked HSRA to remove HSRA’s Protect The Countryside signs on private land and I contacted the council directly to question this action on behalf of residents

– I believe that brownbelt should be sought for development before AONB etc. Clicking on my LPP2 responses below further develops this theme.

– In my response to Waverley Borough Council’s LPP2, I submitted a response objecting to the inclusion of DS15 in the Local Plan. My comment is available to read here. Independent Town Council candidate, Kirsten Ellis, also objected. Her comments are here. Conservative Town Council candidate, Gareth David, also objected. His comments are here. None of the other Haslemere South candidates responded.

– I support CPRE’s challenge re. Waverley taking on Woking’s housing numbers

-In the press, I am cited on the subject of Red Court. I have
questioned why the boundaries had to be changed (Herald, July 2018), and raised concerns about the town’s water supplies in Haslemere South (Herald, Nov 2018)