Neighbourhood planning gives communities the opportunity to play a stronger role in planning for the neighbourhood where they live and work.
Virginia Water Neighbourhood Forum and Area Application Consultation
An application has been received by Runnymede Borough Council for the designation of a Virginia Water Neighbourhood Forum and a Virginia Water Neighbourhood Area, which are now both the subject of public consultation.
Section 61F(5) of the Planning Act 1990 (as amended) sets out that the Council may designate an organisation or body as a neighbourhood forum if certain conditions have been met, namely:
- The Forum is established for the express purpose of promoting or improving the social, economic and environmental well-being of an area;
- Membership is open to anyone who lives or works in the area or is an elected member for that area;
- It is has a written constitution
Regulation 8 of the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012 sets out the information required to be submitted with an application for forum designation. The Council has checked the information submitted with the Forum application and considers that it is valid. The particulars of the application are set out below:
Name of the Neighbourhood Forum: Virginia Water Neighbourhood Forum
Name of the Neighbourhood Area: Virginia Water Neighbourhood Area
Mr Jonathan Hulley - 32 Whitehill Place, Virginia Water, GU25 4DG
Mr John Pyle - Peters Oak, Wellington Avenue, GU25 4QX
A Statement on how the Neighbourhood Forum meets the conditions of Section 61F(5) of the Planning Act 1990 can be found in the following document:
If the forum is designated no other organisation or body may be designated for that neighbourhood area until the designation expires or is withdrawn.
Section 61G of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 (as amended) sets out that the Council may designate a neighbourhood area only if:
- A relevant body (being a parish council or an organisation or body which is, or is capable of being designated as a neighbourhood forum) has applied to the authority for an area specified in the application to be designated by the authority as a neighbourhood area.
Regulation 5 of the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012 sets out the information required to be submitted with an application for a neighbourhood area. The Council has checked the information submitted with the neighbourhood area application and considers that it is valid. The particulars of the application are set out below:
A map which identifies the area to which the area application relates:
A Statement explaining why this area is considered appropriate to be designated as a neighbourhood area and a statement that the organisation or body making the area application is a relevant body for the the purposes of Section 61G of the 1990 Act can be found in the following document:
This application for forum and area designation is open to public consultation until 5pm on Friday 15th February 2019 and representations can be submitted to the Council in writing either by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by post to:
Planning Policy and Strategy team, Runnymede Borough Council, Runnymede Civic Centre, Station Road, Addlestone, Surrey, KT15 2AH.
Representations received after this date will not be considered.
Neighbourhood Planning in Runnymede
At the current time in Runnymede, Thorpe Neighbourhood Forum is the only established Neighbourhood Forum. The Forum is working to produce its Neighbourhood Plan. More information can be found on the Thorpe Neighbourhood Plan page.
Help and Support
- National Planning Policy Framework
- Planning Practice Guidance - Neighbourhood Planning
- Locality - Neighbourhood Planning
- Royal Town Planning Institute - Neighbourhood Planning
If you are interested in neighbourhood planning and require further information or assistance please contact the Planning Policy and Strategy team by email at email@example.com or by phone on 01932 425131.