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Working Groups launch. Today. What a Working Group is How they will operate What work they need to do Finalise the Working Groups Get you to sign up and meet other potential members. What does a Working Group do?. Gathers evidence, suggests options Engages with wider community

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  • What a Working Group is
  • How they will operate
  • What work they need to do
  • Finalise the Working Groups
  • Get you to sign up and meet other potential members
what does a working group do
What does a Working Group do?
  • Gathers evidence, suggests options
  • Engages with wider community
  • It DOES NOT make decisions about what goes in the final Neighbourhood Plan
    • the community of Godalming and Farncombe does
  • You do not have to be on a Working Group to have a voice
how the working groups will work
How the Working Groups will work
  • Working Group has to be a minimum of 4 (including the lead person)
  • Working Group members are either residents, have a business, own a property or own land in the parish
  • Working Group lead sits on Steering Group
  • Each Working Group is responsible for its own secretarial services
  • Where should new housing be located?
  • What sites do we want to allocate for housing?
  • Are there particular types of housing that need to be provided, e.g. small housing, affordable housing?
heritage design
Heritage & Design
  • How well is the Conservation Area being preserved?
  • What should new residential development look like?
  • How do we best celebrate/preserve our heritage?
  • How can we attract new businesses – do we want to? If so, where should it be located?
  • How can we provide for the needs of our existing businesses?
  • How can we ensure our High Street continues to thrive?
  • How can we protect our pubs from being converted to other uses if they close?
  • Are there any issues with traffic flow through the area?
  • How do we best address the parking problems?
  • How can we improve public transport serving Godalming town/access to the railway stations?
  • How can we increase cycling and walking?
  • What green open spaces of value to the community should we seek to protect?
  • How can retain/increase our biodiversity assets?
  • How can we ensure that new development minimises its carbon footprint?
  • How can we best address flood issues?
community infrastructure
Community & Infrastructure
  • What new leisure and community facilities are needed?
  • What existing leisure and community facilities need improving/ upgrading?
  • What are the needs of young people?
  • What impact will development have on our key infrastructure – schools, GP surgeries?
what should the working groups be
What should the Working Groups be?
  • Housing
  • Heritage & Design
  • Economy
  • Transport
  • Environment
  • Community & Infrastructure

Different groups? Other groups?

how do we produce a neighbourhood plan
How do we produce a Neighbourhood Plan?

Vision and objectives



so how do we produce a vision
So how do we produce a Vision?

What does a sustainable Godalming and Farncombe look like in 15 years’ time?

what should the vision be
What should the Vision be?
  • Danger of being ‘motherhood and apple pie’
    • “a wonderful place to live where everyone has a high value job locally, no large lorries come through the town and everyone travels by public transport…”
  • Needs to be a realistic narrative
  • The Vision informs the Objectives, which ultimately inform the Policies
so how do we input into the plan
So how do we input into the Plan?
  • What are the issues we want to address?
  • What evidence do we need?
  • What are the possible options for addressing each issue?
  • What is the preferred option for each issue?
evidence gathering
Evidence gathering
  • Know your ‘baseline’
    • audit what is here today
  • Look at what has happened in the past
    • Planning permissions, take-up of new development
  • Workshops, debates
  • Talk to the experts
    • Estate agents, local providers
    • We can help with technical stakeholders
some rules
Some ‘rules’
  • You cannot propose policies which simply say ‘no’ to development
  • Proposals have to be ‘deliverable’
  • You have to have the landowners of sites in the plan on board
  • You need to engage with interested parties
next steps
Next steps
  • We are holding 4 launch sessions
  • Tell us your preferences for Working Groups you would like to be on
  • We will let you know the outcome shortly
  • Everyone that wants to be involved on a Working Group will have the opportunity
next steps1
Next Steps
  • We will sort out the Working Groups and suggest a first meeting date/venue
    • Introduce yourselves
    • Start to talk about the issues and the ‘Vision’
    • Appoint a lead
  • We will arrange for each group member to have a Support Document
  • Working Groups identify key issues and suggestions for the ‘Vision’
  • We hold a public event to ask the community about ‘their Godalming and Farncombe’
    • Agree Vision and some Objectives
  • Ongoing work on evidence gathering
  • Workshop with Working Groups to consider solutions
    • There will be many cross-cutting issues
  • Difficult to be precise at this time
    • A function of the issues you want to address
  • Other equivalent plans are taking up to 18 months to produce a draft Neighbourhood Plan
  • Summer months are best for engagement

Louise Goodfellow

Clerk to Godalming Town Council

Tel: 01483 523575

Chris Bowden

Navigus Planning

Tel: 01206 700260