Cranleigh Neighbourhood Plan




Between 27 August 2021 and 15 October 2021, the Pre-Submission Cranleigh Neighbourhood Development Plan 2021 was consulted on in accordance with Regulation 14 of the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012. Since that time it has been necessary to significantly amend policies relating to the housing strategy and site allocation (policies CRAN1A-CRAN1E in the 2021 version of the Neighbourhood Development Plan). As a result, it is necessary to undertake a Focused Consultation on the new housing strategy and site allocation (policies CRAN1A-CRAN1C) under Regulation 14 of the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012. This consultation only concerns the extract from the Neighbourhood Development Plan and the relevant supporting documents presented here (all other evidence documents are as presented in the 2021 consultation here: Representations on any other policies in the Pre-Submission Cranleigh Neighbourhood Development Plan 2021 will not be accepted.

This consultation runs from 03 February 2023 until 5.00pm on 17 March 2023 and all documents are available on our website

All responses to this consultation must be received in writing or via this online form prior to the end of the consultation period. Comments, alongside the name of the person that submitted the comment, will be published verbatim when the plan is submitted to Waverley Borough Council under Regulation 15 of the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012.

Anonymous responses, responses that contain inappropriate language, defamation or are deemed to be offensive will not be accepted. If your comment is not accepted we will notify you, so long as contact details have been provided and consent given for us to contact you.

If you would like to discuss the plan with a member of the Parish Council before submitting your response please call in to the Parish Council Office, Village Way, Cranleigh, Surrey GU6 8AF to look at the documents 9:30am to 12:30pm Monday to Friday and at other times by appointment.

You can collect a printed Comments Form and return it to the Council Office by the consultation closing date.

Or contact the Parish Council Clerk if you have any queries


You can submit your comments online through the following link:
Comments Form 


Previous Regulation 14 Consultation

Cranleigh Neighbourhood Plan was published for Regulation 14 consultation 12 February 2019 – 26 March 2019.  It was submitted for independent public examination in early 2020.  The independent examiner had suggested a number of minor amendments, which have been addressed in the latest draft of the Neighbourhood Plan.  Unfortunately, two of the three sites allocated in the Neighbourhood Plan on Cranleigh Primary School land were then withdrawn by Surrey County Council.  This meant that the Neighbourhood Plan could no longer meet Waverley Borough Council’s site allocation housing numbers for the Local Plan.  The plan was withdrawn from examination pending a revised site allocation.

The Council looked at previously assessed sites and focussed on those that were on brownfield sites or had minor constraints. Some new brownfield sites also came forward since the 2020 call for sites. Waverley Borough Council has confirmed that the Parish Council is required to allocate 57 dwellings (the remaining number out of the total 1,700 allocation) in accordance with the Local Plan plus a buffer of 20% as the Local Plan cannot currently demonstrate a five year housing land supply. The minimum number of houses to allocate in the Neighbourhood Plan for Cranleigh is 67 dwellings.

The Council has concentrated on trying to allocate brownfield (previously developed land) sites in the village. However, the owners of these sites were unable to commit to the timeline of the Neighbourhood Plan to deliver the allocated housing by 2032. The planning consultant had therefore prepared three options for the Council to consider from the sites that were available and deliverable within the lifetime of the plan. The Council considered the options carefully and opted for the smaller sites allocations as primarily these would be of a lower density, which was highlighted by residents as preferred during previous consultations and also provided the opportunity for self-build on one site. The Council had initiated preliminary discussions with Surrey Highways to highlight any major concerns for these sites and none were forthcoming.

The Council rejected the (previously phase 3) site at Horsham Road because they considered the mitigation proposed by the developer would not reduce the impact of harm to the landscape and Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and would put additional strain on surrounding infrastructure as well as extending the envelope of the village further into the open countryside, previously recommended in 2010 as an Area of Great Landscape Value (AGLV).

The Council was also conscious of ensuring that should any of the sites fail to come forward to application stage that the Council had a backup plan with a reserve brownfield site allocation, subject to additional investigations regarding flood risk.