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 gov.uk website click here.
Examination of the Southwater Neighbourhood Plan
UPDATE 15/05/2020 - The Examination hearing has now been completed and examiners report can be downloaded below. The Parish Council are reviewing the report before agreeing the next steps with Horsham District Coucil.
Examiners Report on Southwater Neighbourhood Plan 2019 - 2031
Horsham District Council have appointed Derek Stebbing of IPe to examine the Southwater Neighbourhood Plan.
This page will be updated with relevant information as the examination proceeds, including details of key dates and any events that may take place during the examination.
Information is also available on the Horsham District Council website at https://www.horsham.gov.uk/planning/neighbourhood-planning/southwater and the OFFICIAL Southwater Neighbourhood Plan website.
Relevant documents are available to download below.
Opportunity for Other Parties to respond
Following Thakeham Homes' representation on 12 March 2020, the Examiner has allowed other parties the opportunity to respond. Any final comments from Other Parties must be received on/before 27 March 2020. Any comments received will be uploaded in due course...
Representation from Parker Dann
Representation from Berkeley Strategic
Representation from Southwater Parish Council
Opportunity for Thakeham Homes to make further representations
Representatives from Thakeham Homes were unable to attend the hearing on 28 February 2020 as they were in self-isolation due to potential exposure to COVID-19 (Coronavirus). As a result the Examiner allowed Thakeham Homes to make any further representations they may wish to by 13 March 2020. Thakeham Homes submitted the following representation on 12 March 2020.
Representation from Thakeham Homes
Neighbourhood Plan Hearing (28th February 2020)
The examiner has determined that a Hearing is necessary to ensure adequate examination of a number of matters relating to the Plan. These are set out in the formal Agenda for the Hearing (Annex 1). The Hearing is a public hearing and will take place on Friday 28th February 2020 between 10.00 a.m. and 16.00 p.m. at Southwater Leisure Centre, 2 Pevensey Road, Southwater, West Sussex RH13 9XZ.
Horsham District Council will invite attendance from those the examiner wishes to hear from (as listed in Annex 2). Members of the public can also attend and will, subject to the Examiners agreement and sufficient time being available, be able to speak. Annex 3 to contains guidance for the conduct of the Hearing.
Note from Examiner (23/01/2020)
Annex 1 - Hearing Agenda
Annex 2 - Invited Parties
Annex 3 - Note to Parties Participating in the Hearing Session
Annex 4 - Matters for Discussion
The examiner invited parties to submit any further evidence/statements in relation to the matters to be discussed by 21st February 2020. The statements submitted are below:
Southwater Parish Council
Horsham District Council
At the examination on 28th February 2020 the following documents were handed to the Examiner over the course of the hearing:
Additional note from Horsham District Council
Suggested Clarification Text
N.Plan Review Example Text
Initial Examination documents
HDC Summary of Regulation 16 Representations
Letter from Derek Stebbing (13 December 2019)
Neighbourhood Plan Highway Capacity Assessment (January 2020)
Formal Withdrawal of WSCC objection to the Southwater Neighbourhood Plan on Highways Grounds
Southwater Neighbourhood Plan - Steering Group
The Parish Council made the decision to prepare a Neighbourhood Plan for the parish in 2013. Since then a Steering Group made up of interested parties has been working to prepare a plan for the parish, currently the steering group consists of:
||Interest in Parish
||Mr Graham Watkins
||Mr Geoff Cole
||Mr Les Ampstead
||Ms Angie Choat
||Southwater Youth Project & Resident
||Mrs Pauline Flores-Moore
||Rev Godfrey Kesari
||Holy Innocents Church & Resident
||Mr John Mace
||Stammerham Amenity Assoc. & Resident
||Ms Deborah Priebe
||Southwater Action & Resident
||Mr Ramesh Shingadia
||Londis Shop & Resident
||Mr Nigel Jupp
||WSCC County Councillor
Southwater Neighbourhood Plan - Timeline
Please see the Southwater Neighbourhood Plan for details of Timeline and Progress: https://southwater.joomla.com/
Southwater Neighbourhood Plan - Downloads
As relevant documents are completed we will make them available on the official website to view and download. We hope to make available:
1. Steering Group Meeting agenda’s and minutes
2. The Neighbourhood Plan Evidence Base
3. Consultation Material
4. Other guidance or material we consider informative/useful