Neighbourhood plan process

Step by step guide to the neighbourhood planning process and support provided by the Council.

Local planning authorities are required to help communities in the process of preparing a neighbourhood development plan. The plan-making process itself must be community led.

The key steps to preparing a neighbourhood development plan are outlined below. There is more information about the support that the Council can provide to local communities in the adopted Statement of Community Involvement. 

The key steps to preparing a neighbourhood development plan, and the support provided by the Council are outlined below. Please click on each step for more information.

  1. Neighbourhood area

    Make application to Surrey Heath Borough Council for designation as a neighbourhood area.

  2. Preparing a draft plan

    Gather evidence and consult with the local community in order to start to put together a draft plan.

  3. Pre-submission publicity and consultation

    Publicise the draft plan and invite representation.

  4. Submit the plan to the Council

    Submit the plan, check it complies with legislation and publicise.

  5. Independent examination

    Send plan, representations and supporting documents to examiner.

  6. Referendum

    Publicise and undertake referendum.

  7. Make the plan

    Make the plan part of the Surrey Heath Development Plan.