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Billingshurst Parish

Neighbourhood Plan



Neighbourhood Plan Area Designation
Horsham District Council has confirmed the area designation for the Billingshurst Neighbourhood Plan as the whole parish of Billingshurst. Click here to open the Area Designation map.




Planning Consultancy
Navigus Planning has been appointed as the Planning Consultancy to work with the Steering Committee on the community engagement process to ensure that as much as possible, residents are fully informed when it comes to voting ‘yes’ or ‘no’ in the subsequent referendum. The referendum will decide if the community is happy to adopt the Neighbourhood Plan.




What is Neighbourhood Planning all about,

and why get involved? 

  • The Localism Act 2011 introduced the concept of Neighbourhood Plans.
  • Since April 2012, local communities have been able to produce Neighbourhood Plans for their local area, putting in place planning policies for the future development and growth of the neighbourhood.
  • Statute vests the power in the Parish Council to prepare a Neighbourhood Plan.
  • A Neighbourhood Plan is a community-led framework for guiding the future development and growth of an area.
  • It may contain a vision, aims, planning policies, proposals for improving the area or providing new facilities, or allocation of key sites for specific kinds of development.
  • Neighbourhood Plans relate to the use and development of land and associated social, economic and environmental issues.
  • It must be in general conformity with the strategic policies of the adopted Local Plan.

These plans will be used to decide the future of the places where you live and work giving opportunities to:

  • Choose where you want new homes, shops and offices to be built.
  • Have your say on what new buildings should look like.
  • Enable Parish Councils to collect an enhanced rate of Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL).


What Neighbourhood Plans cannot do:

  • Neighbourhood Plans cannot be used to stop development.
  • Propose policies or allocations contrary to the local planning authorities strategic or national policies.
  • Propose less development than that identified in the Local Plan. The Horsham District Planning Framework (HDPF) identifies 1,500 homes to be delivered throughout the Plan period, but is not specified how many in each parish.

Please let us know what you think.

For further information, please click the link below:- 



Neighbourhood Plan Consultations - The results so far

Billingshurst Show - June 2016 - View results here and comments here

Flower Show - August 2016 - View results here and comments here

High Street Consultation (1) - September 2016 - View results here and comments here

Commuter Consultation - October 2016 - View results here

High Street Consultation (2) - November 2016 - View results here

Billifest Consultation - December 2016 - View results here

Church Consultation - Nov & Dec 2016 - View results here 

Lions Club Consultation - Dec 2016/Jan 2017 - View results here

Weald School Consultation - January 2017 - View results here

Scout & Guide Exec Committee Consultation - Jan 2017 - View results here

Business Consultation October 2016/January 2017 - View here

Business Consultation Overview October 2016/January 2017 - View here

Billingshurst Centre Consultation No. 1 - January 2017 - View here

Adversane Hall Consultation - February 2017 - View here

Billingshurst Centre Consultation No. 2 - February 2017 - View here

Billingshurst Centre Consultation No. 3 - March 2017 - View here

Billingshurst Show - 25 June 2017
Parish Clerk Greg Burt and members of the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Committee had a stand at the Billingshurst Show, where residents were asked their views on our draft Vision & Objectives, which will be sent to all residents early autumn.

Housing Needs Assessment
In 2017, Billingshurst Parish Council asked AECOM to carry out a Housing Needs Assessment.  The report is available to view HERE


Consultation on the Draft Vision & Objectives - Autumn 2017
Four lucky winners of £25 M&S Vouchers marked the completion of the latest stage in the process to produce a Neighbourhood Plan for Billingshurst.  130 responses were received to a consultation on the draft Vision & Objectives which were sent to every household in the parish, and every entry automatically went into a prize draw; thank you to all who responded.  The results are now being evaluated, prior to the next stage which will see a series of workshops which should start to firm up ideas that could turn villagers' aspirations into reality.

Billingshurst Neighbourhood Plan - Workshops
Work on the Neighbourhood Plan has been continuing throughout the winter months. Two workshops have been held to which stakeholders, community groups, potential developers and those who responded to the recent Vision & Objectives consultation were invited. At these events, attendees were asked to start to put flesh on the bones of the Vision & Objectives, in terms of identifying Opportunities, Threats and Considerations.  



Next Working Party Meeting
The next meeting of the Neighbourhood Plan Working Party will be held at the Billingshurst Centre, Roman Way, Billingshurst on Wednesday 10 April 2019 at 6.30pm. 


Would you like to get involved?
The Working Party is always looking for volunteers who would like to help shape the future of our parish.  Interested?  Then please contact sarah@billingshurst.gov.uk or telephone Sarah on 01403 782555 to register your interest and find out more.