Farnham Infrastructure Programme


The Farnham Infrastructure Programme (FIP), a collaboration of Surrey County Council with Waverley Borough Council and Farnham Town Council, aims to deliver a single shared vision for the future infrastructure of Farnham.

The Farnham Local Liaison Forum (LLF) has been formed to engage with the local community and local businesses to shape Farnham’s future. The LLF was launched by Webinar on 5 August 2020, with a presentation by representatives of all three councils.

LLF Laptop Screen 2A


Click here for slide presentation.

You can watch the 2 hour webinar by clicking on the following link

https://www . youtube . com/watch?v=A45_vmXViHA&feature=youtu . be

For a list of questions raised and answers given at the webinar, click here.

A Farnham Infrastructure Vision Statement has been produced, as a consultation document. Click here to view.

To respond to the consultation click here. Consultation closes 8 November.



Consultation on Recycling Centre


Surrey County Council has conducted a public consultation aimed at reducing the cost of operating recycling centres. This included the Farnham recycling centre in Guildford Road. Notably, the consultation looked at the options of closure of recycling centres, restricting opening hours, and charging for disposal of certain types of waste.

The consultation closed in September 2015.

For further information, see the Surrey County Council website.

Waverley Dwelling Completions 2001-2013

monopoly housing

These figures  were presented at the Farnham Society Residents’ Associations Meeting at the St Joan’s Centre on 26 November

They show that the average number of new dwellings in the 12 year period from 2001/02 till 2012/13 was 233.3 and in Farnham was 77.5. The consultation was based on an average annual figure for Waverley of 470 and in the four scenarios average annual figures for Farnham of 211, 144, 117 and 100.

For Waverley as a whole this would represent a 101% increase on the long term average figure

For Farnham these figures would equate to 172%, 86%, 51% and 29% increases.



Farnham Census Figures

Roman Census

Roman Census

Farnham Census Figures

These figures  were presented at the Farnham Society Residents Associations Meeting at the St Joan’s Centre on 26 November

They show that in the ten years between the 2001 and the 2011 censuses the population of Farnham, the number of vehicles in households and the number of school age children all rose faster than the number of dwellings.

The figures under S1 to S4 show the projected outcomes of Waverley’s four scenarios that they used for their public consultation exercise.


  2001 2011 increase %
Dwellings 15,769 16,613 844 5.4%
Population 37,055 39,488 2,433 6.5%
Cars/Vans 22,680 24,852 2,172 9.5%
Aged 5-17 5,628  (15.2%) 6,412 (16.2%) 784 13.9%
People/dwelling 2.35 2.38
C&V/dwelling 1.44 1.50
5-17/dwelling 0.36 0.39


S1 S2 S3 S4
Dwellings 20,558 19358 18858 18558
Population (x2.4) 49,339 46,531 45,259 44,539
Cars/Vans (x1.6) 32,893 30,973 30,173 29,693
Aged 5-17 (17%) 8,388 7,910 7,694 7,572


Infrastructure Update



Waverley Local Plan

This document is part of the continually evolving evidence base of the new Waverley Borough Local Plan. It provides updated information on the infrastructure that will be necessary to deliver the policies and proposals of the Local Plan, and specifically in relation to the consultation exercise on potential housing scenarios.

For the purposes of the new Local Plan, infrastructure comprises:

  •  Transport: road network, bus, cycling and walking infrastructure, rail, parking
  •  Education: primary and secondary education, further and higher education, nursery schools and other early years provision
  •  Health: acute care and general hospitals, mental hospitals, health centres, ambulance services and social care
  •  Social and community infrastructure: supported accommodation, social and community facilities, sports centres, open spaces, parks and play space
  •  Public services: waste management and disposal, libraries, cemeteries, emergency services (police, fire, ambulance), places of worship, prisons, drug treatment centres
  • Utility services: gas supply, electricity supply, heat supply, water supply, wastewater treatment, telecommunications infrastructure
  •  Flood risk management
  • Green infrastructure: parks and gardens, natural and semi-natural urban greenspaces, green corridors, outdoor sports facilities, amenity greenspace, provision for children and young people, allotments, cemeteries and churchyards, accessible countryside in urban fringe areas, river and canal corridors, green roofs and walls.

The responses of the infrastructure suppliers to Waverley can be seen at link

Draft Neighbourhood Plan

A main purpose of this draft Neighbourhood Plan is to ensure any new development is
supported by adequate infrastructure development. This consultation draft plan will be
discussed in detail with the following infrastructure providers to test whether proposed
development can be supported by sufficient infrastructure to ensure the quality of life of
existing and future residents:

  • Surrey County Council in respect of the local schools and transport network
  • South East Water in respect of water supply
  • Thames Water in relation to waste water treatment
  • Natural England in respect of SANG
  • Waverley Borough Council in respect of recreation (including the swimming pool) and
  • open space provision

Future development in and outside Farnham has the potential to exacerbate existing
infrastructure issues and these will need to be reassurance that these can be resolved
before the development options included in the draft Neighbourhood Plan could be

Education in Farnham

Farnham Sixth form College

Farnham Sixth form College

We set out below what the Waverley Local Plan infrastructure update document, dated September 2014 and the draft Farnham Neighbourhood Plan dated October 2014 say about education.

The Society’s concern is that evidence from the 2011 census shows that the increase from the previous census in 2001, in the number of school age children in Farnham (13.9%) significantly exceeded the overall population level increase (6.5%) and the increase in housing (5.4%).

If the Local Plan results in a significant increase in the levels of housebuilding above the previous average levels it will become increasingly difficult to meet  the demand for school places in Farnham.

Waverley local Plan

Early Years

Awaiting response to April 2014 consultation. The 2012 IDP (Infant Development program) stated that where additional Early Years places are required in an area, additional infrastructure will be required. SCC Early Years Service will identify a suitable location for this infrastructure and invite bids from prospective providers to run these new settings.

Primary/Secondary schools

SCC consider that the likely scale of additional demand for primary and secondary school places will be an issue for the Local Plan in terms of ensuring that school places are provided to meet additional need created as a direct result of new development. The need for more school places in certain areas of the borough has been identified and the options for expansion or additional provision will need to be reviewed to ensure that the impact of the Local Plan is taken into account.


Information suggests there is sufficient capacity to meet current needs. The difficulty of accessing mainstream provision from the more rural areas prevents some young people, particularly those with other barriers such as special education needs and disabilities, from participating. The introduction of a new online learning programme for post-16 learners from September 2014 should help to address this.

Farnham Neighbourhood Plan

One of the reasons people move into the town is to access good schools. Farnham has several good schools, which are heavily over-subscribed, and South Farnham School remains the best state primary school in the country, according to OFSTED.

There is a shortage of places at both primary and secondary level which clearly puts pressure on school places for the current and predicted populations. A number of children are forced to make long journeys to access school places at all levels. All primary schools further. Surrey County Council expects to be able to meet demand through increasing school places on existing sites but this needs to be tested and shown to be deliverable specifically in relation to Farnham’s potential housing growth.There is a thriving sixth form college and Farnham is home to the University for the Creative Arts.