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Southwater Neighbourhood Plan

On the 23rd June 2021, Horsham District Council voted to 'make' the Southwater Neighbourhood Plan. Accordingly the Southwater Neighbourhood Plan now forms part of the development plan for the area and is being used to help determine planning applications. The Parish Council would like to thank everyone who has made it possible to get to this point. 

The plan can be downloaded below:

Southwater Neighbourhood Plan (Made)

Southwater Neighbourhood Plan A0 Policies Map (as Made)


Southwater Infrastructure Delivery Plan (SIDP)

Southwater Parish Council are inviting responses to their consultation on the Southwater Infrastructure Delivery Plan. This document will, it is hoped, provide a framework for the prioritisation of improvements to local infrastructure moving forward. 


The Parish Council has been preparing the Southwater Infrastructure Delivery Plan (SIDP) for the Parish, it's purpose is to:

  • Identify and assess existing infrastructure within the Parish to identify improvements needed/desirable.
  • Identify gaps in existing infrastructure.
  • Identify potential funding sources for improvements


The SIDP will enable the Parish Council to effectively prioritise and progress new/improved infrastructure in collaboration with the community. It is important as Policy SNP23 of the Southwater Neighbourhood Plan requires CIL monies to be spent in accordance with a ‘Southwater Infrastructure Delivery Plan’. It states:

‘Any CIL funds raised by development within the Plan Area and paid to Southwater Parish Council will be used to:

a) Support the delivery of projects identified in the ‘Southwater Infrastructure Delivery Plan’, a document maintained by the Parish Council.
b) Support any other projects identified as a priority by the Parish Council to address demands that development has placed on the area.’

The document is not intended to be binding, and the projects which monies are spent on will be decided by the Parish Council.

The Southwater Neighbourhood Plan also includes a requirement for new development to plan trees, and the SIDP will also seek to identify potential locations where these trees could be planted.

Preparing the SIDP can be split into 6 stages. These are:

  1. Stage 1 – Identification & Assessment (COMPLETED)
  2. Stage 2 – Community Engagement (THIS STAGE)
  3. Stage 3 – Update Identification & Assessment
  4. Stage 4 – Prepare SIDP
  5. Stage 5 – Adopt
  6. Stage 6 – Review


Stage 1, which is complete, involved Initial community engagement which took place in late 2020. This provided local groups and organisations an opportunity to identify infrastructure that was important to them and place them into a typology category. They were asked to score the infrastructure as being either in good, reasonable, or poor condition. They were also asked to identify any gaps in infrastructure and why they are needed in the parish. Our consultants then mapped the identified infrastructure and assessed them against, providing an initial verdict on which infrastructure is of high priority (requiring immediate action), medium priority (needing future action), or low priority (needing no action prior to the next review).

Alongside this, possible sites for tree planting have been identified and how many trees each location could accommodate. This is to aid those proposing development to comply with policy SNP18 of the neighbourhood plan.


What is infrastructure & limitations

In the context of the SIDP, infrastructure is the facilities that are needed to support the needs of the community, ensuring that those living, working or visiting the SNP area experience a high quality of life. Whilst this can be far reaching there has been an initial focus on local matters that the Parish Council can readily have a meaningful impact on. This report does not therefore address Education (which is the responsibility of West Sussex Country Council) or the road/highway network (which is the responsibility of West Sussex Country Council / National Highways).


What’s next & how to respond

We are now moving to Stage 2 of the process which is Community Engagement. During this stage we want to invite the community to look at the initial work done and let us know whether we have missed anything, and whether you agree with the priorities identified. This feedback will be used to update the work done to date and enable the preparation of the SIDP.

The consultation is running from 1st – 31st March 2022 and you are asked to respond to a series of questions, providing comments on the assessments undertaken so far, and highlight any errors/omissions in both the assessments .

The main consultation documents can be downloaded below:


To respond, please complete the Online Consultation Response Form. Alternatively, you can complete the word version of the consultation form (click here to download) and return the printed completed form to the Parish office or via email

All documents are available to view at Beeson House at Southwater Library or the Parish office during normal office hours alongside paper response forms.



For Upcoming Referendum and all documents please visit: Southwater Neighbourhood Plan Official Website

What is a Neighbourhood Plan?

Neighbourhood planning gives communities direct power to develop a shared vision for their neighbourhood and shape the development and growth of their local area. They are able to choose where they want new homes, shops and offices to be built, have their say on what those new buildings should look like and what infrastructure should be provided, and grant planning permission for the new buildings they want to see go ahead. Neighbourhood planning provides a powerful set of tools for local people to ensure that they get the right types of development for their community where the ambition of the neighbourhood is aligned with the strategic needs and priorities of the wider local area.

Neighbourhood planning is not a legal requirement but a right which communities in England can choose to use. Communities may decide that they could achieve the outcomes they want to see through other planning routes, such as incorporating their proposals for the neighbourhood into the Local Plan, or through other planning mechanisms such as Local Development Orders and supplementary planning documents or through pre-application consultation on development proposals. Communities and local planning authorities should discuss the different choices communities have to achieving their ambitions for their neighbourhood.

Here is plications by Horsham District Council Planning Offers and elected Councillors.

More information on neighbourhood planning can be found on the website click here.



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