Public consultations and surveys have taken place since the inception of the Lovelace Neighbourhood Plan (LNP) in 2015 to ensure the Plan policies reflected the wishes of the communities.  The initial 2015 Summer Survey provided the basis for the Plan, which contains policies on Housing, Environment, Infrastructure & Facilities, Business & Employment.  Later surveys focused on specific areas of the Plan, others checked the Plan was continuing to move in a direction the community required.

After informal ‘health-checks’ by Guildford Borough Council and AECOM in June 2018 the LNP was updated and went to a ‘Regulation 14 Public Consultation’ between September and November 2018.  The feedback from that public consultation is being analysed and the LNP updated prior to formal submission for Independent Examination.


A questionnaire and summary of the LNP were delivered to every household and business, or distributed by email for Ockham, with a  link to the online questionnaire.  This allowed all to view each policy outline and view the full draft LNP and state whether they agreed, or disagreed, with those policies, plus comment on each one.  Public exhibitions showing information on the Plan, including hard copies for consultation, were held held at Ripley Village Hall on Friday , 5th and Saturday, 6th of October, at Ockham Parish Rooms on Saturday, 13th October and at Ripley Village Hall on Friday, 2nd and Saturday, 3rd November 2018.  Hard copies of the draft LNP were available at Ripley and Ockham Parish Councils and on this website.

105 people attended the exhibitions and an average of 370,  people completed the questionnaire (some did not answer all questions).  The majority of responses came from GU23 postcodes, i.e. 80%, 11% came from KT11, 6% from KT24 and a small percentage from elsewhere.

Formal responses were received from Guildford Borough Council and other interested bodies.   The responses are being analysed and updates  made to the LNP.

The summary of responses can be seen here   –   2018 Reg 14 Public Consultation Questionnaire – Response Numbers

SUMMER SURVEY – June-July 2018

The LNP had stands at Ripley Rocks, the Ripley Event and Farmers Market during the summer of 2018.  An update on progress was given and a final pre-Regulation 14 Consultation survey was conducted.

The results of the Summer 2018 survey can be found here – 2018 Summer Survey – Summary

HOUSING SURVEY – April-June 2016 

The Lovelace Housing Development Survey was distributed to 1177 residents and Ockham decided to conduct  an additional housing survey specifically for Ockham.

The full Lovelace Housing Development Survey can be found here   –   2016 Lovelace Housing Development Survey

A summary of the specific Ockham Housing Survey can be found here   –   2016 Ockham Survey – Summary


During the summer 2016, further public consultation was undertaken at the three outdoor public events in Ripley, The Ripley Event, a large annual fete; Ripley Rocks, a large annual music event and the Farmers Market, a monthly event.

The general aim was to assess and/or reaffirm that the general direction that the Lovelace Neighbourhood Plan was taking was aligned to local public opinion.  The areas covered in the survey included Housing, Infrastructure, Facilities, Business and Environment.

A summary of the Summer 2016 Survey can be found here   –    2016 Summer Survey – Summary

All responses to the 2016 Summer Survey are shown here   –     2016 Summer Survey – All Responses


In February 2016 a Facilities Survey was conducted amongst young people,  parents and Over 60’s to ask what facilities they currently used and also what new facilities they would like to see.

A summary of the Facilities Survey can be found here   –   2016 Facilities Survey – Summary

All responses to the Facilities Survey are shown here   –    2016 Facilities Survey – All Responses

BUSINESS SURVEY – February-March 2016

A Business Survey carried out in February-March 2016 was distributed to 121 companies throughout Lovelace of which 64 (53%) responded, plus 15 self-employed home workers who completed the survey on-line.   The purpose of the survey was to obtain current information on businesses, ask companies for their vision of the commercial future in the area, plus their perceived constraints to business development.

A summary of the Business Survey can be found here   –   2016 Business Survey – Summary

All responses to the Business Survey are shown here   –   2016 Business Survey – All Responses


In Summer 2015 an initial public survey asked 5 open questions:

“What do you like about your village?”
“What do you dislike about your village?”
“What is missing from your village?”
“What sort of place would you like your area to be?”
“What else in Lovelace is important or should the Neighbourhood Plan address?”

Nearly 500 residents, workers and visitors to Ripley, Ockham and Wisley filled out questionnaires about their views on how the area should develop in the future.  The responses will allow working groups to prepare  development policies for Lovelace which reflect the views of the people in the area.

Responses to the Summer 2015 Survey can be viewed here    –     Lovelace Stakeholder Survey – Summer 2015

A summary of the analysis of the responses can be found here    –   Commentary on Survey Results 2015

The data was analysed and established the Plan should have 5 main sections, Housing, Environment, Infrastructure, Facilities and Business & Employment and reflect the views of those interested in the future of Lovelace as far as is possible.

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