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Draft Local Plan: Your questions answered

What is the timetable for the Horsham District Local Plan?

We have recently consulted on the Horsham District Draft Local Plan (Regulation 18) document which ended on 30 March 2020.  

This consultation is now closed.

Once comments have been considered and the draft Plan has been further refined, we will consult on the final Submission Draft of the Local Plan (Regulation 19) in Winter 2020/21, aiming for a Government inspector to examine it in 2021.

For further information about the stages of plan preparation and the current timescales this will take place visit our Local Plan timetable page.

Whilst the Regulation 18 consultation has now closed you are still welcome to register to receive email updates on the Local Plan review process.

Register for updates here.

View the Draft Local Plan

Will my comments be made public? Are there instances when comments may not be accepted by the Council?

Your comments may be made available for the public to read in council offices and online as part of the Local Plan preparation process. Please note that we cannot accept anonymous comments or comments marked ‘private’ or ‘confidential’.

Please be aware that your name may be published against comments you have submitted. All personal information will be processed in accordance with the Horsham District Council’s Privacy Policy available at

The Council will not accept comments which may reasonably be considered offensive, racist, discriminatory or threatening. Any such submissions may be reported to relevant authorities and/or will be destroyed.

I’ve submitted my comment online - what happens next?

Officers will review each comment and will use our online system to extract the key issues raised during the consultation and report back. Given the amount of comments that we have received and expect to receive, reporting back on the findings of the consultation will not be immediate.

The findings of the consultation, alongside evidence based documents, will then be taken into account as we prepare the final draft of the Local Plan. The comments received are an important part of the Local Plan process and we are very grateful for all those who submit comments.

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

Your involvement in this process is very important to us. Information about the consultation will be displayed around the District during this time and posted in the media and online. You will also have a chance to attend public events to find out more about what is being proposed.

Everything you need to know about how to get involved is available at

To comment online, you will need to register or, if you are already registered, log in to be able to complete the questionnaire.

Sign up here to register for updates

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

We’d encourage you to read the FAQ’s below as one of these may answer your question. If you still have any questions regarding the consultation, please contact the Strategic Planning Team by emailing or calling 01403 215100