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Neighbourhood PlanWed, 21st October 2020

Neighbourhood Plan


Click here for Neighbourhood Plan background information and archive documents

Click here to go to the draft Neighbourhood Plan and supporting documents


What is a Neighbourhood Plan?

Neighbourhood Plans are relatively new planning documents introduced by the Localism Act 2011.  They are intended to give local communities a greater say in guiding the future development of their area and relate to the use and development of land and associated social, economic and environmental issues (such as housing, transport, heritage and employment).  Our Neighbourhood Plan will cover the period until 2032.

If adopted it will form part of the Waverley Statutory Planning Framework against which local planning applications will be considered, giving the local community a greater say on future development within Chiddingfold. 

In addition, areas with an adopted Neighbourhood Plan receive 25% of Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) payments charged against development in the parish rather than the 15% payable where there is no plan.  CIL payments are used by parish councils to deliver new infrastructure to support the development of their area.

How is a Neighbourhood Plan produced?

The preparation of this plan has been undertaken by the Chiddingfold Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group under the direction of the Parish Council.  There have been a number of events and exercises to involve and inform the community in this process.

There are several formal stages to take the draft plan foward to adoption, including a public Pre-Submission Consultation (Regulation 14), after which the final draft is submitted to the local planning authority for a review of compliance with legislative requirements and a public representation period (Regulation 16) before being provided to the Secretary of State for independent examination by an Inspector. The Inspector will then issue a report and recommend any modifications to make the Neighbourhood Plan ready for a public referendum.

A final version of the Chiddingfold Neighbourhood Plan will be subject to a referendum, with local residents determining whether it should be adopted.  

Where are we now?

Revised draft Neighbourhood Plan policies, incorporating feedback from the statutory consultees as part of the Regulation 14 Consultationhave, have now been submitted to AECOM who are carrying out a Habitat Regulations Assessment.

The HRA assessment is expected to be complete by the end of April.  Following this, the draft Neighbourhood plan and policies will be reviewed and, where appropriate, recommendnations from the HRA will be included.
The final draft was approved by the full council on 09 July 2020 and will be submitted to the local planning authority for a review of compliance with legislative requirements and a public representation period (Regulation 16) before being provided to the Secretary of State for independent examination by an Inspector.
The Inspector will issue a report and may recommend further modifications prior to a public referendum, when local residents will determine whether the Neighbourhood Plan should be adopted.
Unfortunately, due to regulations in place to suppress the spread of Covid-19, this latter stage will have to be deferred until restrictions are lifted.
Taking all the above into account current thinking is that the Neighbourhood Plan will not be finalized until the end of 2020.