In order to produce a Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP) it is a requirement to have a Forum made up of minimum of 21 people from a broad cross-section of the local community who are either living or working in the area covered by the plan. To represent the community we need:
- equal number of male/females
- age range from 18 to 65+
- members of ethnic minorities
- tenure – owner occupier/private renter/affordable housing
- dependant children at home
- employment status – employed/unemployed/retired/in full time education
- owner/manager of an Ashtead business (small/medium/large)
- member of a community group, who as an individual can seek the views and opinions of the group about issues, although not representing the group itself.
The Ashtead Neighbourhood Forum is empowered by Mole Valley District Council to:
- collaborate with residents, businesses and organisations and encourage everyone to have their say on how Ashtead should develop over the next 20 years.
- Oversee the development of the Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP)
- Create an NDP that the majority of people living or working in Ashtead agree with and can support.
- Provide Mole Valley District Council with an NDP that can be adopted within existing planning policy.
The Forum meets four times a year. We also have a working group, Ashtead Community Vision which does the work needed to produce the Neighbourhood Development Plan and which meets monthly.
How Can You Help?
The Forum currently stands at approximately thirty-five residents. To ensure that all sections of the community are adequately represented, we still need more members, especially those who are either under the age of 50, or who are renting property.
If you would like to join us please contact the chairman, Tony Tuley, by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you don’t want to get involved at this time, but want to be kept informed of progress, the best way is to sign up to our mailing list.
“From determining the locations of shops and homes to setting standards of design, the Government is putting citizens in the driving seat of planning .”‘Guide to Neighbourhood Planning’ DCLG
Let’s map the future together!