The future of Cranleigh

What do you think Cranleigh will be like in 15 years? Where will people live? What will be the average age of residents? What type of shops will there be and where will people work? What will residents do in their spare time?

The way to shape Cranleigh’s future is by having a Neighbourhood plan. Since 2015, a group of volunteers has been gathering evidence and consulting with local people to find out how they would like to see Cranleigh in 2032.
The findings have informed the content of the draft of Cranleigh’s Neighbourhood Plan. Cranleigh residents are now invited to make their comments on the Plan that will shape Cranleigh’s future over the next 15 years. See Draft Neighbourhood Plan

The background

Neighbourhood planning was introduced through the Localism Act 2011 and gives communities the opportunity to shape where they live.

In 2013, Cranleigh Parish Council took the decision to prepare a Neighbourhood development plan.

During the summer of 2013, the Parish Council applied to Waverley Borough to seek approval for the whole of the Cranleigh parish area to be designated as a Neighbourhood plan area.

Neighbourhood Planning

The application was approved which gave Cranleigh the green light to proceed with producing its own neighbourhood development plan.

Why Cranleigh needs a neighbourhood development plan

Preparing a neighbourhood development plan means Cranleigh residents have the opportunity to influence the future development and use of land in the village. Neighbourhood development plans establish general planning policies that have to be considered by local authorities when determining planning applications.

The Cranleigh community can use their neighbourhood plan to:

  • influence the design of new buildings
  • have a say on facilities and infrastructure
  • preserve local green space

Neighbourhood plans must meet the needs of the wider area. They are not a tool for preventing development.

Parishes with neighbourhood plans receive more community infrastructure levy arising from developments in their area than those without.

How Cranleigh’s neighbourhood plan is being prepared

In January 2014, Cranleigh residents were invited to a meeting to find out more about neighbourhood planning. There was a fantastic level of interest and a great number of people signed-up to get involved in putting together a neighbourhood plan.

Cranleigh’s neighbourhood plan is being prepared by volunteers who have formed an independent group called the Cranleigh Neighbourhood Plan Group. The group consists of a steering group and a working group.

Members of the Cranleigh Neighbourhood Plan Group are operating within an agreed set of Terms of Reference.

Terms of Reference

The final version of the neighbourhood plan will be submitted by Cranleigh Parish Council to Waverley Borough Council for inspection and independent examination.


There are several stages involved in putting together a neighbourhood plan. The Cranleigh neighbourhood plan group has put together a programme, Plan Project which shows the anticipated timetable.