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Neighbourhood Plan

The Send Neighbourhood Plan has been examined. We have decided to make the changes that the examiner has recommended.

The next step is to put the plan to a referendum of residents in Send Parish who are eligible to vote in local elections.

See the  icon Examiner's Report on the Neighbourhood Plan [408.01KB]  and our icon decision statement [182.92KB] .

See the icon referendum version of the Send Neighbourhood Plan [5.23MB] . This plan includes the modifications listed in the decision statement.

The government has brought in restrictions on polls because of Covid-19. This means we cannot run any neighbourhood planning referendums until May 2021. We will announce the referendum date in due course.

In the meantime, the Send Neighbourhood Plan, as modified, will carry significant weight in relevant planning decisions (in line with national guidance).

Send Neighbourhood Area

The Send Neighbourhood Area follows the boundary of Send Parish. No other neighbourhood area may now be designated within this area.

Neighbourhood planning in Send Parish is led by Send Parish Council. Anyone who lives, works, has a business or is an elected member within the neighbourhood area is entitled to get involved and help produce a neighbourhood plan or a neighbourhood development order for the neighbourhood area.

Neighbourhood planning is a voluntary activity and there is no requirement for residents or businesses to be involved. Residents in the Send Neighbourhood Area who are usually eligible to vote there will be asked to approve any neighbourhood planning measures through a referendum, so residents who are not involved in the planning process will still be able to have a say over the planning policies or development orders that are brought into force.

If you would like to get involved in neighbourhood planning in Send Parish, please contact Send Parish Council using the following contact details:

Parish Clerk
Send Parish Office
28 Send Road
Send, near Woking GU23 7ET
Phone: 01483 479312
Email: clerk@sendparishcouncil.gov.uk

Neighbourhood Plan Consultation and Examination

Send Parish Council produced the Send Neighbourhood Plan and submitted it to us. We consulted on it (the Regulation 16 publicity stage) between 17 January and 28 February 2020. To see the plan and other submission documents, please visit the consultation web page. You can also read the comments received during this consultation at the consultation web page. See our  icon statement for the examiner. [580.63KB]

The Send Neighbourhood Plan was examined between June and October 2020. The examiner appointed to examine the plan was Mary O'Rourke BA(Hons) DipTP MRTPI. See the icon Examiner's Report on the Neighbourhood Plan [408.01KB] .

The next step is to hold a referendum of residents in Send Parish who are eligible to vote in local elections.

Background information

See our correspondence with the examiner during the examination below:

Examination documents



Examination document

27 July 2020 - 28 August 2020

The Examiner's Procedural Matters and Questions

icon Send Parish Council's response to the Send Neighbourhood Plan Examiner's Procedural Matters and Questions [928.19KB]

icon Appendix 1 of Send Parish Council's response: Revised Maps - Green Gaps [1.43MB]
icon Appendix 2 of Send Parish Council's response: Character Assessment Views Amendment [4.61MB]
icon Appendix 3 of Send Parish Council's response: Local Green Spaces Report Final September 2019 [3.97MB]
icon Guildford Borough Council's response to the Send Neighbourhood Plan Examiner's Procedural Matters and Questions [222.42KB]
icon Send - Examiner Procedural Matters and Questions [249.81KB]

Habitat Regulations Assessment and Strategic Environmental Assessment

There are legal requirements for all plans prepared or approved by a local planning authority (including neighbourhood plans) to be assessed for the need for Habitat Regulations Assessment (HRA) and Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) and subject to these assessments if necessary. The purpose of HRA and SEA is to identify aspects of plans or projects that may cause a likely significant effect on European protected wildlife sites and identify appropriate measures to avoid or mitigate such adverse impacts.  View further information on the Habitat Regulations Assessment (HRA) page.

We have undertaken a  icon SEA and HRA of the Send Neighbourhood Plan [8.15MB] , which determined that, as a result of mitigation, the plan would not adversely affect any European protected sites. See the  icon SEA and HRA statement of determination [126.47KB] . A printed copy of this document is available to view at the Council's offices on request.

Send Neighbourhood Area Consultation

We received an application for a neighbourhood area covering Send Parish from Send Parish Council on 1 May 2015 and consulted on the proposal between 1 June and 29 June 2015.

A copy of icon the application that was submitted to the Council [553.23KB]  can be viewed online.

View the comments we received and our responses in the icon Send neighbourhood area consultation responses document. [55.83KB]

Following the consultation and a period of consideration, officers recommended designating the neighbourhood area as proposed. Read the  icon Send neighbourhood area designation report [1.43MB] to find out more about how this decision was reached.

Further information

If you wish to know more about neighbourhood planning in Send and cannot find the answers on the Council's website, please contact the Council's Planning Policy Team at planningpolicy@guildford.gov.uk or telephone 01483 444471.

For more information about neighbourhood planning, please visit the Neighbourhood planning page.

Contact us

Planning Policy
Planning Services
Guildford Borough Council
Millmead House
Telephone: 01483 444471
Email: planningpolicy@guildford.gov.uk