Neighbourhood Planning

Neighbourhood planning was introduced by the Localism Act (2011). It is a way for communities to decide the future of the places where they live and work through the preparation of Neighbourhood Plans, Neighbourhood Development Orders and Community Right to Build Orders.

• Neighbourhood Plans allow communities to establish general planning policies for the development of land in the area.
• Neighbourhood Development Orders (including community right to build orders) grant planning permission for a specific type of development in a particular area.

Neighbourhood plan policies cannot block development but they can shape and influence where development will go and what it will look like.
The regulatory process for Neighbourhood Planning is set out in The Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012.

Neighbourhood Planning in Epsom & Ewell

At present, there are no qualifying 'bodies' in the Borough that can prepare a Neighbourhood Plan or Neighbourhood Order. There are no Parishes within Epsom and Ewell, therefore communities that wish to prepare these documents are required to make an application to the Local Planning Authority to establish themselves as a Neighbourhood Forum and make an application to define the Neighbourhood Area they will cover.

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The Council will be consulting on the application for the designation of Stoneleigh and Auriol Neighbourhood Forum between 24 February 2020 – Monday 6 April 2020 (5pm).

Application for Stoneleigh and Auriol Neighbourhood Forum

To view and submit comments to the application for the designation of Stoneleigh and Auriol Neighbourhood Forum, please visit this Link during the consultation period. Alternatively representations can be submitted in writing to the Council preferably in electronic format to localplan@epsom-ewell.gov.uk or by post to Planning Policy, The Old Town Hall, The Parade, Epsom KT18 5BY . Please provide your name, contact details and please clearly state reasons (providing evidence where appropriate) for your support or objection to the application.

The consultation will run between 24 February 2020 – Monday 6 April 2020 (5pm).

The application can also be viewed at the following locations:
• PDF version Stoneleigh and Auriol Neighbourhood Forum Application
• Hard copies at the The Old Town Hall, The Parade, Epsom KT18 5BY (Mon-Fri 9-5pm)
• Hard copies at the Local Libraries


Further information is available here:

• National Planning Practice Guidance on Neighbourhood Planning:

• Planning Advisory Service Neighbourhood planning guidance:

• Neighbourhood Planning, Locality