Billingshurst Neighbourhood Plan



On the 3rd July 2019, Billingshurst Parish Council approved the Pre-Submission Draft Neighbourhood Plan for the parish.


On the 1st August 2019 the Council will commence a widespread 8 week+ public consultation on the plan.  Please visit this page in the last week of July onwards to see how you can make your views known. 





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.

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.

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.

Neighbourhood Plan Consultations - the results so far


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 Thursday 10 July 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 or telephone Sarah on 01403 782555 to register your interest and find out more.