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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.

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:


SG Position Name Interest in Parish
Chairman Mr Graham Watkins Parish Councillor
Vice Chairman Mr Geoff Cole Parish Councillor
  Mr Les Ampstead Resident
  Mr Laurie Apted Parish Councillor
  Ms Angie Choat Southwater Youth Project & Resident
  Mrs Pauline Flores-Moore Parish Councillor
  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 Neil Whitear Parish Councillor
  Mr Nigel Jupp WSCC County Councillor


If you are are interested in getting involved with the preparation of the Neighbourhood Plan or would like to join the Steering Group please contact

Southwater Neighbourhood Plan - Timeline

 Whilst we have been working on the plan for some time, we have done a lot! The plan timeline is set out below:



Nov 2013      Regulation 5 & 6 - Neighbourhood Plan Designation Area           Application DONE
Feb 2014   Regulation 7 - Neighbourhood Plan Designation Area DONE

Mar 2016

  Regulation 5 & 6 - Neighbourhood Plan Designation Area Proposed Revision DONE
May 2016   Regulation 7 - Neighbourhood Plan Desgination or Revised Area DONE
July-Sept 2014   Neighbourhood Plan Information Exhibitions (at Southwater Schools Summer Fete, Beeson House Foyer, Southwater Leisure Centre, Church Fair & Dog Show, Country Park Cafe) to help people understand the purpose and the process and seek initial views. DONE
Jan-Mar 2015  

Meetings with those preparing plans for adjacent areas (including Nuthurst Parish Council. Horsham Blueprint, Itchingfield Parish Council and Shipley Parish Council)

Mar-Apr 2015  

Parish Survey undertaken to understand the priorities and aspirations of local residents and stakeholders.



May 2015   First Call for Sites Exercise, following which meetings where help with all landowners/agents DONE
Jan 2017


Exhibition and consultation on the sites submitted and initial assessment work to date. DONE
July 2017   Second Call for Sites to update the list of sites being considered. DONE
May 2016-Aug 2018   Preparation of evidence base IN PROGRESS
May 2016-Aug 2018   Preparation of draft neighbourhood plan IN PROGRESS
May 2016 - Aug 2018   Preparation of other supporting documents (draft SA/SEA & Consultation Statement) IN PROGRESS
Sept 2018   Regulation 14 -  Submission Consultation  
Nov 2018-Jan 2019   Consider consultation responses and update plan and documents  
Jan 2019   Regulation 15 -  Submission  
Feb-Mar 2019   Regulation 16 - Horsham District Council to publicise the Plan  
Q2 2019        Regulation 18 - Publication of the Examiner's Report & Plan Proposal Decisions  
Q3 2019   Regulation 19 - Decision on the Plan Proposal  
Q4 2019   Regulation 20 - Publicising a Neighbourhood Development Plan  


Southwater Neighbourhood Plan - Downloads

As relevant documents are completed we will make them available on this 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


Linked documents