Billingshurst Neighbourhood Plan

 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:

  1. By electronic download, click here
  2. The wider evidence base supporting the plan can be seen further down this page.
  3. In hard copy at the following locations: Billingshurst Centre, Roman Way, Billingshurst. RH14 9QW or The Billingshurst Library, Mill Lane, Billingshurst, RH14 9JZ.
  4. 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:

  1. By email to
  2. 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
Billingshurst Centre
Roman Way 
West Sussex
RH14 9QW

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 of 2020.

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.

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


Billingshurst Conservation Area

Click here to view map 


Adversane Conservation Area 

Click here to view 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 2017 Billingshurst Show, where residents were asked their views on our draft Vision & Objectives, which was subsequently sent to all residents in 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 have been evaluated, prior to a series of workshops being held, which hopefully firmed up ideas that could turn villagers' aspirations into reality.

Billingshurst Neighbourhood Plan - Workshops

The Working Party have continued to work on the Neighbourhood Plan. Workshops have been held to which stakeholders, community groups, potential developers and those who responded to the 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  TBC.

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.