Waverley Local Plan found to be sound

Published Tuesday, 6 February 2018

Subject to the inclusion of a set of modifications, a Government appointed Planning Inspector has found Waverley’s Local Plan Part 1 to be sound.

The Inspector’s report, received on 1 February 2018, concludes that the plan provides an appropriate basis for planning in Waverley, subject to the addition of some modifications, including:

  • an increase in the overall housing requirement in the borough from 519 to 590 homes per year
  • changes to the Green Belt policy
  • a new design policy for Dunsfold Aerodrome.

Part 1 of the Local Plan has now reached its final stage and Full Council will be asked to accept the modifications and formally adopt the plan at its next meeting on 20 February.

Councillor Julia Potts, Leader of the Council, said: “It has taken years of hard work, research, public consultation and partner engagement to get the Local Plan to this point. It has been tried and tested by the independent Inspector and he has found that if Waverley accepts all the modifications, the plan is sound. 

“We recognise that some residents will be disappointed that the number of homes we need to provide has gone up, despite Waverley putting up a robust defence at the public hearings held last year.

“However, it is important that we have a sound Local Plan so that Waverley Borough Council is in control of development in the borough.  I hope we can work with the town and parish councils and the local community, through the Local Plan Part 2 and the Neighbourhood Plan processes, to find a way forward to meet the increase in homes we need to deliver.”

Councillor Chris Storey, Portfolio Holder for Planning, said: “Having an adopted Local Plan gives us greater power to fend off unsuitable speculative developments. I hope that councillors will agree to adopt the plan with the necessary modifications. I would like to thank the former portfolio holder for Planning, Councillor Brian Adams, who really championed and led the development of the plan over the last few years.”

Editors notes:

An electronic version of the Inspector’s report and the evidence base supporting it, can be accessed on our website: www.waverley.gov.uk/localplan. Copies of the report will also be available for inspection at the council’s offices in Godalming, at the locality office in Farnham and at all libraries in the borough.  

Local Plan Part 1 timetable:

  • Environment Overview and Scrutiny Committee – 15 February 2018
  • Executive Committee – 20 February 2018
  • Full Council – 20 February 2018

Engagement and consultation:

The Waverley Local Plan has been subject to extensive engagement with residents and businesses since 2013. During the first formal consultation period in 2014, more than 4,000 responses were received, events were held across the borough and all households were sent a consultation document and questionnaire. More than 2,600 respondents made about 3,400 comments on the Pre-Submission Local Plan when it was published in 2016.

For further information contact:

Tel: 01483  523296

Web : www.waverley.gov.uk

Email: communications@waverley.gov.uk

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