New place-shaping approach and fund recommended to Executive

Published Tuesday, 5 March 2019

A new Place-Shaping Reserve to fund exciting community-led projects, such as a Farnham Masterplan, has been recommended to the council’s Executive Committee for approval at its meeting on 12 March.

The proposal draws on various council and partner strategies and plans, including the Corporate Strategy 2018-2023, Local Plan, Economic Development Strategy, Housing Strategy and Neighbourhood Plans. It recommends the council earmarks up to £250,000 of the one-off financial gain from Waverley’s participation in the 2018/19 business rate pilot, for a new Place-Shaping Fund to support place-shaping projects across the borough.

The council has recently had initial conversations regarding the borough’s largest town, Farnham, along with other key community representatives, including Farnham Town Council and Surrey County Council, who have both indicated their support for these discussions.

The report recommends that the work in Farnham continues to develop, and that the council develops a knowledge base of learning and experience that can be applied to other areas of the borough. As Neighbourhood Plans are brought forward across the borough, Waverley Council is keen to work with local parish and town councils and the community to develop plans for those towns and villages.

The full report and accompanying annexe can be found online: https://modgov.waverley.gov.uk/documents/s28920/190312%20Place%20Shaping.pdf

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