Register to vote on town’s future

By Surrey and Hants News in Planning

On May 4 Farnham residents have the chance to vote on the future of their neighbourhood in the Neighbourhood Plan referendum which will take place alongside the County Council elections.

The plan sets out a vision for the future of the town council area and planning policies that will be used to determine planning applications locally. It defines where new homes, shops and other businesses will be built and what infrastructure should be provided.

The Farnham Neighbourhood Plan covers an area from Heath End to Rowledge, Dippenhall to Runfold, Wrecclesham to Badshot Lea and has 32 policies controlling the environment, housing, business, the town centre and neighbourhood centres, leisure and local infrastructure.

It has been produced in consultation with the residents and businesses in Farnham, providing a strategy for the development in Farnham as a whole. An independent examiner has scrutinised it and now residents must vote on whether to adopt it.

Carole Cockburn, leader of Farnham Town Council, described it as: “The town’s best chance to direct development to chosen areas and to influence the design of such development. It is not a total solution to Farnham’s problems but it will give the town some control over its future.”

A copy of the Farnham Neighbourhood Plan is available at Farnham Town Hall in South Street or online at www.farnham.gov.uk and www.farnhamsociety.org.uk

Anyone wishing to vote in the referendum and/or the County Council elections must register by Thursday (April 13) by visiting www.gov.uk/register-to-vote. Anyone who wishes to vote by post must apply to do so by April 18 (visit www.

waverley.gov.uk/info/200138/). Applications to vote by proxy may also be made via this website address and must be made by April 25.

The question on the referendum will be:“Do you want Waverley Borough Council to use the Neighbourhood Plan for Farnham to help it decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area?”