THE Waverley Local Plan, setting out a blueprint for development in the borough up to 2032, will be examined at a hearing starting on June 27, 2017.

Planning inspector Jonathan Bore has been appointed by the Secretary of State to conduct the examination and will determine whether or not the plan is ‘sound’ in light of the representations received and national policy.

Ahead of the hearing, Mr Bore has published guidance setting out how the examination will be conducted, as well as a number of additional questions about the plan.

The council has until May 12, 2017, to respond to the questions, which can be viewed online at The questions centre around whether the plan’s proposed housing allocations are viable and meet local demand.

A draft timetable for the June 27 hearing and list of participants, when known, will also be published on the council’s website.

Waverley’s last attempt at a new Local Plan failed to survive the first day of examination in 2013 after a planning inspector deemed the council’s housing supply figure was too low.

Without an up-to-date Local Plan in place and currently unable to demonstrate a five-year housing supply, Waverley - particularly Farnham and Cranleigh - is open to exploitation by developers.