Neighbourhood Plan Update

Published: 17 December 2020

Neighbourhood Plan Update - December 2020

Horsham District Council (HDC) formally issued its Decision Statement on 14 December 2020, approving the Draft Billingshurst Neighbourhood Plan with modifications for referendum. The modifications have been determined through independent assessment by an experienced planning consultant acting as Examiner and were considered reasonable by Billingshurst Parish Council (BPC). HDC's Decision Statement can be viewed by clicking the link HERE

The Coronavirus Regulations prevent a referendum taking place until 5 May 2021 at the earliest. BPC encourages HDC to undertake this as soon as possible and for parish residents then to have their say on whether or not to adopt the Plan with modifications.

Until publication of the referendum result, the Draft Neighbourhood Plan with modifications will carry 'significant weight' in local planning decisions, meaning HDC must materially consider the Plan and its policies in determining planning applications; and it follows applicants should give this due consideration in designing their proposals.

The Parish Council would like to take this opportunity to thank all who have contributed to and followed the progress of the Plan to this point - everyone's forbearance at the process that has to be followed has also been greatly appreciated.