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Sir Paul Beresford Congratulates Bookham Vanguard Forum

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This second meeting of the Forum was an important step in the process and aimed to reach the point where an application for formal “Designation”, as defined in the Localism Act 2011, could be made.  This is an essential step to give the Forum a Statutory standing. It requires that the Forum be a minimum of 21 members, be as representative as possible, and it must have an agreed written constitution.

Several drafts of the proposed constitution had already been circulated and discussion at the meeting focussed on the outstanding issues which remained to be resolved.  There was a lively debate particularly on how to make sure that, through the rules on voting, proposals carried into the NDP (Neighbourhood Development Plan) were really representative of the views of the Forum as a whole. Agreement was reached and it was decided that the application for Designation should now proceed.

This application will now be made in the very near future to Mole Valley District Council (“MVDC”).  MVDC must then go through a public consultation process, before taking it through its various committees to achieve final approval by the Council.  This whole process will take until September 2012.

Meanwhile, assuming Designation will be granted, the Forum will be getting on with the job of working towards the Draft NDP.  This, when finally drafted – planned for about 2 years time - will be distributed to every household in Bookham, and the community at large will be required to have the final say in a Referendum.

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