Neighbourhood Planning

Neighbourhood planning is a key part of the Localism Act. It gives local communities greater power to shape development by having a direct role in the development of planning policies at a local level. Within Surrey Heath, neighbourhood planning can be undertaken by Parish Councils or Neighbourhood Forums, with Surrey Heath Borough Council providing assistance and making necessary decisions at key stages.

What is Neighbourhood Planning?

There are three types of neighbourhood planning tools your community may wish to use:

  • Neighbourhood Plan– this allows you to prepare a Vision and land use planning policies and allocations for your local area. Once adopted a neighbourhood plan becomes part of the development plan for the area along with adopted Local Plans and will be used to determine planning applications in your neighbourhood.
  • Neighbourhood Development Orders - this allows you to grant up front planning permission for certain types of use the community wants.
  • Community Right to Build Orders - a type of NDO that grants planning permission for the local community to build small scale housing developments, community facilities or shops.


Neighbourhood Planning in Surrey Heath

Surrey Heath Borough Council currently has one adopted neighbourhood plan, the Windlesham Neighbourhood Plan, which can be viewed below.

The Council has designated the following Neighbourhood Plan areas, where neighbourhood plans are currently being prepared:

  • Deepcut - 2014 (also a designated Neighbourhood Forum)
  • Chobham - 2013

There are currently no Neighbourhood Development Orders, or Community Right to Build Orders in place within the Borough.