Your Neighbourhood Plan, Your Future!
How do you want Billingshurst parish to look and feel in 2031? You may recall being asked that already as part of work to develop the Billingshurst Neighbourhood Plan.
When adopted, the Billingshurst Neighbourhood Plan will be a statutory document principally to inform our local planning authority, Horsham District Council (HDC), of the wishes of parish residents and must be given regard when HDC makes planning decisions affecting our parish. Although the majority of residents have made it clear that they have little desire for further devlopment, there should be little doubt of further future development in the parish - HDC is required by government to increase its housing allocation across the district - so having a plan in place should at least give the parish opportunity to shape that development and to protect, hopefully also enhance, our local environment.
The Parish Council approved a draft plan at its meeting on 3rd July 3019 and a public consultation will last from the 1st August to the 29th September 2019. Please see the official notice below to find out how you can make your views known. You can read the Plan supporting documents by following the links below, alternatively you can view the plan at The Billingshurst Centre or Billingshurst Library.
Overall it proposes not to allocate specific sites given HDC is currently revising its Local Plan, which will have authority over the Billingshurst Neighbourhood Plan. Instead, the Billingshurst Neighbourhood Plan proposes a series of policies that future development must conform to, policies that have been arrived at from the ideas and ambitions submitted at various earlier consultations within the parish.
Please do take the opportunity yourself to view the draft Billingshurst Neighbourhood Plan and make your comments known - this is the opportunity for any last minute changes before its formal submission and the subsequent referendum required before it can be adopted.
Billingshurst Parish Council wishes to inform you of the Pre-Submission Consultation (Regulation 14)
on the Billingshurst Neighbourhood Plan.
The details of how to make representations on the Pre-Submission Neighbourhood Plan are given below:
The Plan can be viewed in the following ways:
- By electronic download, click here
- The wider evidence base supporting the plan can be seen further down this page.
- In hard copy at the following locations: Billingshurst Centre, Roman Way, Billingshurst. RH14 9QW or The Billingshurst Library, Mill Lane, Billingshurst, RH14 9JZ.
- Consultation events were held at the Billingshurst Centre on 7th September 2019 and The Billingshurst Leisure Centre on 11th September 2019. All were welcome to attend these sessions.
The consultation period runs from 1st August to midnight on 29th September 2019. No representations will be accepted after this closing date.
Representations can be made in the following ways:
- By email to firstname.lastname@example.org
- By post to Billingshurst Parish Council, Billingshurst Centre, Roman Way, Billingshurst, West Sussex. RH14 9QW.
All representations must be accompanied by a name, address and, if relevant, the organisation you are representing.
In addition, HDC has undertaken a screening on the need for a Stategic Environmental Assessment (SEA). It is of the opinion that, because the Billingshurst Neighbourhood Plan is not allocating sites for development, an SEA is not required.
Billingshurst Parish Council has separately undertaken a Habitats Regulations Assessment (HRA) screening and is of the opinion that the Billingshurst Neighbourhood Plan will not have any significant environmental impact on any European designated sites, therefore an HRA is not required. Billingshurst Parish Council invites representations on this from you or the organisation you represent. Please click either SEA or HRA to view the documents.
Please click here to view the Local Green Spaces Report.
If you have any queries, please contact:
G C Burt, Clerk to the Council
Billingshurst Parish Coincil
Tel: 01403 782555
"The personal information we are collecting will be shared with Horsham District Council to enable them to notify you of the next steps with the Neighbourhood Plan. We will not publish your personal data on our website but will publish the contents of your communications, as the Examiner will wish to review all comments before making a final decision. If you are not happy about this please make this clear in any communication with us and we will anonymise your comments. This will however mean that you will not receive any further communication on the matter."
CONSULTATION UPDATE - November 2019
Many thanks to all those who responded to our consultation on the draft
Neighbourhood Plan in the autumn. All the responses were carefully considered
by the Neighbourhood Plan Working Party following advice from its retained
consultants. Amendments were made accordingly where possible.
The Parish Council has now formally approved the resultant revised Plan, and it
is now set to be sent to Horsham District Council as planning authority. They
will then run another consultation exercise, including contacting all those who
made previous representations. Future stages will include a Public Examination
by an independent examiner and a local referendum for everyone in the parish on
the electoral roll. We hope that the plan will be finally adopted by the middle
Thanks again for your continuing interest and involvement.
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.
For further information, please click here.