Neighbourhood planning was introduced by the Localism Act (2011). It provides a way for communities to shape the places where they live and work through 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 Planning in Epsom & Ewell
Establishing a forum and area
There are no Parishes within Epsom and Ewell, therefore communities that wish to prepare a neighbourhood plan are first 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.
When thinking about preparing a Neighbourhood Plan it is important to consider that;
- The neighbourhood plan focuses on a local area rather than the whole borough
- There can only be one neighbourhood plan for an area
- Producing a neighbourhood plan is not a legal requirement. It can be a time consuming and lengthy process and is produced by a community/ neighbourhood group (forum) voluntarily and in consultation with local residents, businesses and other interested parties.
- As the neighbourhood plan is community-led, the forum members that develop the neighbourhood plan will need to be from the area and reflect the area’s demographic profile in terms of age, ethnicity, disability, and gender
- The neighbourhood plan will plan positively to support local development and will be required to operate within the parameters of national planning policy, local development plan policies and EU obligations and human rights requirements
- Neighbourhood plans policies cannot block, reduce or be used to oppose development that may be allocated for the area in a local plan, though they can shape and influence where development could go, what it could look like and the infrastructure needed to support it.
Preparing a neighbourhood plan
Once a neighbourhood forum has been established, the forum can prepare to write a neighbourhood plan. In order to develop the aims and outcomes of the plan policies, the neighbourhood plan must be based on evidence and consultations with the local community. Community engagement is necessary at all stages of the plan-making process.
Submitting a neighbourhood plan
The proposed neighbourhood plan will need to be submitted to the Epsom and Ewell Borough Council. Providing that the plan is acceptable, the proposed neighbourhood plan will need to be publicised. It will also need to be submitted for an independent examination and subsequently a public referendum.
Neighbourhood Plan Forums and Areas within Epsom and Ewell;
Application for Stoneleigh and Auriol Neighbourhood Area and Application for Stoneleigh and Auriol Neighbourhood Forum
The Council received an application for the designation of Stoneleigh and Auriol Neighbourhood Area and a separate application for Stoneleigh and Auriol Neighbourhood Forumin July 2020. This was followed by a public consultation period on both applications between Monday 17 August 2020 to Friday 9 October 2020 (5pm).
Stoneleigh and Auriol Neighbourhood Area
Epsom and Ewell Borough Council agreed at its meeting on 12 November 2020 to designate Stoneleigh and Auriol Neighbourhood Area for the purposes of preparing a Neighbourhood
Development Plan by Stoneleigh and Auriol Neighbourhood Forum under Section 61G (1) of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 (as amended).
1. Name of the Neighbourhood Area: Stoneleigh and Auriol Neighbourhood Area;
2. Map of Neighbourhood Area:
3. Relevant body: Stoneleigh and Auriol Neighbourhood Forum.
Stoneleigh and Auriol Neighbourhood Forum
Epsom and Ewell Borough Council agreed at the same meeting (12 November 2020) to designate the Stoneleigh and Auriol Neighbourhood Forum for the purposes of preparing a Neighbourhood Development Plan for Stoneleigh and Auriol Neighbourhood Area.
1. Name of Neighbourhood Planning Forum: Stoneleigh and Auriol Neighbourhood Forum
2. A copy of the written constitution
3. Name of neighbourhood area: Stoneleigh and Auriol Neighbourhood Area
4. Name of applicant: Keith Tutton (Chair) 77 Stoneleigh Park Road, Epsom, KT19 0RF email@example.com , 07711 036107
The Neighbourhood Forum website is found here
The forum designation expires five years from the day on which it was made
Application for Stoneleigh and Auriol Neighbourhood Forum
An application for the designation of Stoneleigh and Auriol Neighbourhood Forum (received in January 2020) was consulted on between 24 February 2020 – Monday 6 April 2020. The Council determined the application under emergency powers on 22 May 2020, the decision notice can be found here: Decision Notice
For further information contact firstname.lastname@example.org
The application can be viewed below:
• PDF version Stoneleigh and Auriol Neighbourhood Forum Application
• Or via this Link
View neighbourhood area and forum applications:
• Stoneleigh and Auriol neighbourhood forum and area
Further information and advice:
• National Planning Practice Guidance on Neighbourhood Planning:
• Planning Advisory Service Neighbourhood planning guidance:
• Neighbourhood Planning, Locality
• Neighbourhood Planning regulatory process: The Neighbourhood Planning (general) Regulations 2012.