Local Plan

Wednesday 27 October 2021: Delay to Horsham District Local Plan process

The meeting of full Council to approve the Regulation 19, Pre-Submission Horsham District Local Plan document, has been postponed.

This followed the Government's announcement of changes to the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) on Tuesday 20 July. Subsequent to this, Natural England – the national statutory body that oversees the management of wildlife and habitats across the UK – issued a Position Statement in September 2021. This advises that development proposals in the Sussex North Water Supply Zone should not be allowed at present, unless water neutrality can be demonstrated. This is due to a potential significant impact on rare habitats in the Arun Valley, near Pulborough. Further information can be found at our water neutrality webpage.

These changes have significant implications on the Horsham District Local Plan. The Local Plan review timetable will be updated when the extent of the delay is clearer.

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For an explanation of each stage of the Local Plan, or how we consult, please visit our What is a Local Plan? page and our Statement of Community Involvement documents.

More information about our Regulation 18 consultation in 2020 is available on the Regulation 18 Draft Local Plan Consultation page.

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