What is a Local Plan?

A Local Plan sets out our planning strategy. It shows how we aim to meet the social, economic and environmental needs of the district.

A Local Plan includes:

  • Our plans for economic development: how we plan to support existing businesses and attract new ones
  • Our targets for housing provision
  • Information on strategic land allocation, including details of plots that have been identified for development
Areas in the South Downs National Park are covered by the Local Plan created by the South Downs National Park Authority.

Have you received correspondence about a development in your area?

Developers may be contacting District households about areas they are considering for development. Any correspondence you receive about individual developments will have been sent to you by the developers, not the Council. Please direct any enquiries you have about these to the developer.  You will have an opportunity to give your views on development sites investigated and put forward by Horsham District Council in the Draft Local Plan in February and March 2020.

To receive email updates on the Local Plan, register now at horsham.gov.uk/localplanupdates

How is a Local Plan made?

The Local Plan takes two years to make and approve. Below is a short description of each stage. For more detail, read our Local Development Scheme - a document that sets out the timetable for all Planning documents.

Evidence gathering

We prepare the preferred strategy by gathering evidence on the following topics:

  • Housing needs
  • Employment needs
  • Gypsy & Traveller needs
  • Transport Assessment
  • Landscape Capacity
  • Site Assessment
  • Flood Risk Assessment
  • Strategic Viability Assessment
  • Sustainability Appraisal/Strategic Environmental Assessment (SA/SEA)

Issues and Options Consultation (Regulation 18)

Public and stakeholder consultation participation in preparation of Development Plan Documents. This is often referred to as ‘Issues and Options’ consultation.

Read the Issues and Options 2018 document for the Local Plan Review

Proposed Submission (Regulation 19 and 20)

Publication of a draft planning document and the opportunity for stakeholders to make formal representations. Under Regulation 20, consultation is six weeks.

Once we have a draft Local Plan in place we intend to share it with as many of you as possible. To receive email updates on the process, register now at horsham.gov.uk/localplanupdates

For advice on how to comment in line with Planning policy, visit our Making formal comments and representations page.

We also plan to get out and about throughout the District with exhibitions and surveys to gather your opinions. We will publish the venues and locations of these events. The consultation period will take place in February and March 2020.

The only way we will know what you think is if you tell us. The information and feedback we receive during the consultation will be collected and used to make changes to the Local Plan.

Submission to Secretary of State (Regulation 22)

The ‘Proposed Strategy’ documents and the formal representations are formally sent to the Secretary of State – The Planning Inspectorate or ‘PINs’

Examination (Regulation 23 to 25)

An independent Examiner is appointed by the Planning Inspectorate to test the plan.

Adoption (Regulation 26)

If the plan is successful at Examination it can be formally adopted by the Council and used to determine planning applications.