Neighbourhood Planning

Neighbourhood planning was introduced by the Localism Act (2011). It is a way for communities to decide the future of the places where they live and work through the preparation of Neighbourhood Plans, Neighbourhood Development Orders and Community Right to Build Orders.

  • Neighbourhood Plans allow communities to establish general planning policies for the development of land in the area.
  • Neighbourhood Development Orders (including community right to build orders) grant planning permission for a specific type of development in a particular area.

Neighbourhood plan policies cannot block development but they can shape and influence where development will go and what it will look like.

The regulatory process for Neighbourhood Planning is set out in The Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012.

Neighbourhood Planning in Epsom & Ewell

There are no Parishes within Epsom and Ewell, therefore communities that wish to prepare these documents are required to make an application to the Local Planning Authority to establish themselves as a Neighbourhood Forum and make an application to define the Neighbourhood Area they will cover.

Latest News

Application for Stoneleigh and Auriol Neighbourhood Area and Application for Stoneleigh and Auriol Neighbourhood Forum

The Council received an application for the designation of Stoneleigh and Auriol Neighbourhood Area and a separate application for Stoneleigh and Auriol Neighbourhood Forumin July 2020. This was followed by a public consultation period on both applications between Monday 17 August 2020 to Friday 9 October 2020 (5pm).

Stoneleigh and Auriol Neighbourhood Area

Epsom and Ewell Borough Council agreed at its meeting on 12 November 2020 to designate Stoneleigh and Auriol Neighbourhood Area for the purposes of preparing a Neighbourhood
Development Plan by Stoneleigh and Auriol Neighbourhood Forum under Section 61G (1) of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 (as amended).

1. Name of the Neighbourhood Area: Stoneleigh and Auriol Neighbourhood Area;
2. Map of Neighbourhood Area:
3. Relevant body: Stoneleigh and Auriol Neighbourhood Forum.

Stoneleigh and Auriol Neighbourhood Forum

Epsom and Ewell Borough Council agreed at the same meeting (12 November 2020) to designate the Stoneleigh and Auriol Neighbourhood Forum for the purposes of preparing a Neighbourhood Development Plan for Stoneleigh and Auriol Neighbourhood Area.

1. Name of Neighbourhood Planning Forum: Stoneleigh and Auriol Neighbourhood Forum
2. A copy of the written constitution
3. Name of neighbourhood area: Stoneleigh and Auriol Neighbourhood Area
4. Name of applicant: Keith Tutton (Chair) 77 Stoneleigh Park Road, Epsom, KT19 0RF sanfchair@gmail.com , 07711 036107

The Neighbourhood Forum website is found here

The forum designation expires five years from the day on which it was made

Previous Decisions

Application for Stoneleigh and Auriol Neighbourhood Forum

An application for the designation of Stoneleigh and Auriol Neighbourhood Forum (received in January 2020) was consulted on between 24 February 2020 – Monday 6 April 2020. The Council determined the application under emergency powers on 22 May 2020, the decision notice can be found here: Decision Notice

For further information contact lplan@epsom-ewell.gov.uk 

The application can be viewed below:
• PDF version Stoneleigh and Auriol Neighbourhood Forum Application
• Or via this Link


Further information on Neighbourhood Planning is available here:

• National Planning Practice Guidance on Neighbourhood Planning:

• Planning Advisory Service Neighbourhood planning guidance:

• Neighbourhood Planning, Locality