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"From determining the locations of shops and homes to setting standards of design, the Government is putting citizens in the driving seat of planning." *

Neighbourhood planning is a new way for communities to decide the future of the place where they live. The Government wants to introduce the right to do neighbourhood planning through the Localism Bill. (The Localism Bill has just been passed in Parliament)

How can I use neighbourhood planning?
..., you will be able to work with your community and use a neighbourhood plan to create a vision of how your area should grow and what it should look like. It can be used to:


  • choose where new homes, shops and offices should be built
  • have a say on what those new buildings should look like; and
  • grant planning permission for the new buildings communities want to see go ahead

Where do I start?
The first step in preparing a neighbourhood plan is to think about the sort of development that you want to see in your neighbourhood. It will be crucial to have the input of the whole community in Bookham. You might like to talk to your neighbours when you are developing your ideas to find out what other opinions the people of Bookham have. You might also want to talk to members of community groups that you belong to and, if you would like to, you can contact Mole Valley Disctrict Council who will be able to provide more helpful advice on neighbourhood planning. If you have opinions you can voice them at the meetings that will be held by volunteers running the Vanguard project in your community.

It is essential that a neighbourhood plan has the support of as many people in the local neighbourhood as possible - a referendum will be held to give everyone in the community the opportunity to approve any plan produced by members of your neighbourhood.

To find out more, see Info and Links to read information provided by Mole Valley District Council and the Department for Communities and Local Government, as well as other Vanguard (Front Runner) projects similar to Bookham Vanguard.

In Bookham the Neighbourhood Plan will be produced by the Bookham Vanguard Forum.

The Forum has been created and their first meeting was on February 4th 2012, since then there have been two further meetings on May 12th 2012 and September 22nd 2012, dates of future meetings will be published in News and Events.  Please get involved with the process by keeping up to date with the latest developments via this website, twitter or contact us to receive a regular e-mail update.

* Taken from the guide to Neighbourhood Planning produced by the Department for Communities and Local Government. To read the full guide go to the info & links page.