LPP2: Site Allocations and Development Management Policies

Local Centres

5.25  Outside of the main towns, larger villages and suburbs perform the role of a local centre. Local centres provide an important function, serving the local needs of communities, and providing shops, services and facilities that are easily accessible and reduce the need to travel. However, often these local centres come under pressure from alternative uses. Local Plan Part 1 Policy TCS2: Local Centres recognises the importance of local centres and makes provision for their protection. Within Waverley's retail hierarchy, Farncombe, Bramley and Milford are considered to be local centres.

5.26  Local Plan Part 1 sets out the vision for local centres and recognises that they should provide for the day-to-day needs of residents and the local community. The strategy for delivering this vision includes:

  • Maintaining the vitality and viability of the centre,
  • Supporting shops, services and other small economic uses (including post offices, petrol stations, village halls and public houses, and access to sources of fresh, healthy food),
  • Safeguarding the existing provision of shopping floorspace,
  • Making provision for an increase in convenience shopping floorspace that is appropriate to the scale, nature and function of the centre and complements its existing provision.

5.27  Local Plan Part 1 Policy TCS2 identifies the local centres in Waverley as Farncombe, Bramley and Milford. It was initially intended that Local Plan Part 2 would designate the specific boundaries for all the local centres. However, the Godalming and Farncombe Neighbourhood Plan was 'made' (adopted) in August 2019 and designates the boundary for the Farncombe local centre and Bramley Parish Council proposes to designate the boundary for Bramley local centre in the Bramley Neighbourhood Plan. Local Plan Part 2 will therefore no longer designate these boundaries and only designate the boundary for Milford local centre.

Map 41: Milford Local Centre