Regulation 18 Draft Local Plan Consultation

We consulted on the Regulation 18 Draft Local Plan between 17 February and 30 March 2020.
View the Draft Local Plan document online here.

The consultation has now closed.

We have received thousands of comments from individuals and organisations.  Read the final report on the findings of the consultation by clicking on the link below.

Read the consultation summary report

Comments received have been made public online here

What happens next

Once comments have been considered and the draft Plan has been further refined, we will publish the final Submission Draft of the Local Plan (Regulation 19) in Autumn 2021, aiming for a Government inspector to examine it in 2022.*

For further information about the stages of Local Plan preparation and the currently proposed timescales for this to take place, visit our Local Plan timetable page.

* NEWS UPDATE: The meeting of full Council to approve the Regulation 19, Pre-Submission Horsham District Local Plan document, was postponed in the Autumn of 2021 following the issuing of a position statement by Natural England – the national statutory body that oversees the management of wildlife and habitats across the UK. This advised 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.

Find out more

I have some questions about the consultation. How can I contact you?

We’d encourage you to read the information on these web pages first as this may answer your question.  If you still have any questions regarding the consultation or the Local Plan in general, please contact the Strategic Planning Team by emailing or calling 01403 215100

How can I stay informed about the Horsham District Local Plan?

An update on the Local Plan process are being made public on these web pages as we progress the work.

You can sign up here to register for email updates.

Coronavirus COVID-19 update

At this time there has been no change to the Government’s requirements for Local Plan preparation. This includes a legal requirement to review Local Plans every 5 years.  Our Strategic Planning team are continuing their work on preparing a new Local Plan for the Horsham District.  All our advertised consultation events were completed before social distancing measures became necessary, and our Local Plan documentation and exhibition materials are still able to be viewed on our website.  There is no change to the availability of officers in Strategic Planning to discuss queries or concerns by telephone or email.   Copies of the Draft Local Plan also remain available for purchase.

Read a summary of the Draft Local Plan key issues

Media release 17 August 2020
Council says NO to providing for 1,715 homes every year for the next 10 years

Media release 27 March 2020
Horsham District Council asks Government to pause its Local Plan process