These are some of the questions we have been asked about the Cranleigh Neighbourhood Plan. If you have a question that has not yet been asked, please email us The Office .


How much influence will Cranleigh’s Neighbourhood Plan have?

An adopted neighbourhood plan forms part of the development plan and will sit alongside Waverley Borough Council’s Local Plan. As the planning authority, Waverley will have to refer to the Neighbourhood Plan and its planning policies when considering planning applications.


Will the Neighbourhood Plan be able to influence the number of homes built in the village?

Waverley Borough Council decides the number of homes that need to be built in the area to meet future demand. Although the Neighbourhood Plan cannot determine final housing numbers, it can be used to have a say on distribution, size, style and type.


How was the Neighbourhood Plan group formed and what are its terms of reference?

In January 2014, Cranleigh residents were asked to get involved in putting together a Neighbourhood Plan. Those who volunteered were invited to join the Cranleigh Neighbourhood Plan Group. Members are local volunteers who occupy, as an owner or tenant, land or premises in the Parish; live or work (as principal employment) in the Parish.

The Steering Group has an independent chairperson, vice chairperson, a nominated person from each working group, a Link Councillor who is a representative of the Cranleigh Parish Council and a clerk.

The Neighbourhood Plan group operates within agreed of the Terms of Reference.


What is the shelf life of a Neighbourhood Plan?

A plan can last for as long as the community wants it to, it can be renewed after five to ten years if that is appropriate. It is for the community to decide.


What happens if the community does not agree with the content of the final Neighbourhood Plan?

Throughout the preparation of the plan there will be many opportunities for people to get involved and to have their say on the neighbourhood plan.

A Neighbourhood Plan cannot take effect unless electors show a majority of support during a community-wide referendum.

Before a referendum is held, the plan will be examined to make sure it is legally compliant and takes account of wider planning policies.