A referendum on the Puttenham Neighbourhood Plan was held on 6 May 2021. A majority of those voting voted 'Yes'. The plan now forms part of the Borough's Development Plan and helps in deciding the outcome of planning applications within the Puttenham Neighbourhood Area.

For more information on the referendum, check the neighbourhood referendum results.

Puttenham Neighbourhood Plan


The Puttenham Neighbourhood Plan's independent examination has been carried out. The examiner appointed to examine the plan was Andrew Mead BSc (Hons) MRTPI MIQ. See the Icon for pdf Examiner's Report on the Neighbourhood Plan. [235.05KB]

The report suggested that some changes be made to the Plan before it goes to a referendum of the Neighbourhood Area. We have decided to accept the examiner's recommendations to modify the Puttenham Neighbourhood Plan before going to a referendum of eligible residents in the Puttenham Neighbourhood Area. 

View the Icon for word 2021 Puttenham referendum information statement [807.96KB].
View the Icon for word Notice of referendum [25.27KB].

See the Icon for pdf referendum version of the Puttenham Neighbourhood Plan [2.91MB]. This plan includes the modifications listed in the Decision Statement.

View the Council's Icon for pdf Basic Conditions and Compliance statement [64.48KB] and the Icon for pdf representations received during the Council's consultation [279.12KB] on the plan.


Puttenham Parish Council submitted the Puttenham Neighbourhood Plan to us on 19 February 2020. We consulted on the Plan between 9 March and 27 April 2020 (the Regulation 16 publicity stage).The comments received during this consultation can be seen on the consultation page.

Background information

See our Icon for pdf statement for the examiner [383.64KB].

See our correspondence with the examiner during the examination:

The plan must be put to a referendum of local voters before it can be formally 'made', or adopted, as part of our development plan.

For more information on the last stages of making the neighbourhood plan, please see the Neighbourhood planning information page.

See the Icon for pdf Decision Statement [123.04KB] to accept the examiner's recommendations.

Habitat Regulations Assessment and Strategic Environmental Assessment

All plans prepared or approved by us (including neighbourhood plans) must meet standards set out in Habitat Regulations Assessment (HRA) and Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA).

The purpose of HRA and SEA is to identify how a plan may affect protected European wildlife sites and identify ways to avoid or lessen the impact.  For more information, see the Habitat Regulations Assessment (HRA) page.

We have carried out a Icon for pdf SEA and HRA of the Puttenham Neighbourhood Plan [833.34KB], which shows that, as a result of mitigation, the plan will not affect European protected wildlife sites. See the Icon for pdf SEA and HRA statement of determination [111.68KB]. A copy of this document is not available to view at the Council's offices, which are currently shut due to the Coronavirus.

We designated the Puttenham Neighbourhood Area on 3 December 2014 following an application by Puttenham Parish Council and a six week consultation.

Puttenham Neighbourhood Area

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

Neighbourhood planning in Puttenham parish is led by Puttenham 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 Puttenham 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 Puttenham parish, please contact Puttenham Parish Council using the following contact details:

Parish Clerk
99 The Street
01483 810705
Puttenham Parish Council website

Puttenham Neighbourhood Area Consultation

The Council received an application for a neighbourhood area from Puttenham Parish Council on 20 September 2014 and consulted on the proposal between 8 October and 2 December 2014.

Icon for pdf A copy of the application that was submitted to the Council can be viewed online. [158.0KB]

Icon for pdf A copy of the comments we received during the consultation and the Council's responses can be viewed online. [7.05KB]

Following the consultation and a period of consideration, officers recommended designating the neighbourhood area as proposed. Icon for pdf The report that explains how this decision was reached can be viewed online. [2.32MB]

Further information

If you wish to know more about neighbourhood planning in Puttenham 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, please visit our neighbourhood planning page.