Slaugham Neighbourhood Plan
Welcome to the
Neighbourhood Plan Portal
Here you should find
everything you want to know
about what has been done so
far on forming the
Neighbourhood Plan. This
includes evidence collected,
questionnaire results and
information on upcoming and
past events all of which can be
found within the Time Line.
© 2015 Slaugham Parish Council.
What is a Neighbourhood Plan?
In April 2012, the Government completely revised the planning system in this country by introducing
the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF).
This reduced the previous 1500 pages of national planning policy down to 50 –and introduced
several completely new concepts –including Neighbourhood Plans, and Community Right to Build
Neighbourhood Plans (NHP’s) are intended to give local people new rights to shape the development
of the communities in which they live. NHP’s can set out the policies on the development and use of
land in a neighbourhood area (often a Parish) for the next 20 –30 years.
NHP’s need to conform with planning policies and guidance at local (in our case, Mid Sussex District
Council), national and European levels
NHP’s will be voted on in a Parish referendum, and adopted as part of the District Plan, they will
become the main consideration in planning decisions for the designated area.
Why Does the Parish need a Neighbourhood Plan ?
Our Parish, like many of the rural areas in South East of England, is under constant pressure to
provide sites for house building. Without a Neighbourhood Plan, decisions on the number, type and
location of houses built are decided by the Local Planning Authority (Mid Sussex District Council) –in
theory. In practice, as local MP Nick Herbert said in parliament in July, it is often the Planning
Inspectorate which makes the final decision if the LPA refuses a planning application.
LOCAL DECISION MAKING: Your Neighbourhood Plan has been produced by local people, based on
the needs and aspirations of those who live in the Parish.
LOCAL HOUSING NEEDS: Your Neighbourhood Plan provides the housing that you have told us is
needed in the Parish.
LOCAL FACILITIES AND INFRASTRUCTURE: Your Neighbourhood Plan provides the facilities that
you have told us you need.
All Parishes in the Mid Sussex District area (other than those in the South Downs National Park) are
producing Neighbourhood Plans. They recognise that this is the best way to ensure that planning
decisions are made by local people to reflect the wants and needs of the local community.
Published by Slaugham Parish Council under the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012,
the Localism Act 2011 and EU Directive 2001/42 Exhibitions October 2013