Southwater neighbourhood planning

The Southwater Neighbourhood Plan was formally made at Full Council on 23 June 2021.

Neighbourhood Plan Referendum

A referendum was held for Southwater's Neighbourhood Plan on Thursday 6 May 2021.

View the referendum results on our Election results page.

Please click on the links below to read documents associated with the Referendum:

Covid-19 measures

With COVID-19, Horsham District Council has reviewed its protocols regarding referendums. In order to progress safely we have made a decision that if you are not able to view the relevant documents online, hard copies of the Neighbourhood Plan and associated documents will be viewed by appointment only at Parish Council offices and at the District Council offices. Details of the location for these are given in the Information Statement above.

Southwater Neighbourhood Plan

Southwater Neighbourhood Plan (August 2020)

Decision Statement

Southwater Decision Statement (20 August 2020)

Examiner's Report

Examiner's Report Southwater Neighbourhood Plan (15 May 2020)

Post Hearing Statements

Southwater Parish Council (27 March 2020)

Berkeley Homes (27 March 2020)

Parker Dann (27 March 2020)

Further Position Statement submitted by Thakeham Homes (11 March 2020)

Submission from Southwater Resident

Position Statements

HDC Position Statement Agenda Item 3

HDC Position Statement Agenda Item 4

HDC Position Statement Agenda Item 5

Southwater Parish Council Position Statement

Berkeley Homes Position Statement

Thakeham Homes Position Statement

Key Documents

Ref 1: National Planning Policy Framework (2012)

Ref 2: Planning Practice Guidance (2020)

Ref 3: Horsham District Planning Framework (2015)

Ref 4: Report on the examination into Horsham District Planning Framework (2015)

Ref 5: Southwater Neighbourhood Development Plan (2019-2031) Submission Version (2019)

Ref 6: Housing Need Study, AECOM, 2018

Ref 7: Regulation 18 consultation version of the Horsham Local Plan Review (2020)

Ref 8: Southwater Neighbourhood Plan Built Up Area Boundary Review (2019)

Ref 9 Local Plan Review Issues and Options - Employment, Tourism and Sustainable Rural Development (April 2018)

Ref 10 Local Plan Review Issues and Options - Summary of Reps - Employment, Tourism and Rural Development (Sept 18)

Ref 11 Open Space assessment (March 2019)

Ref 12: Additional note of Clarification from HDC (Policy SNP2)

Ref 13: Suggested clarification text to the inserted after Paragraph 4.16 of the Southwater Neighbourhood Plan

Ref 14: Additional note from Boyer Planning (Principle to commit to a review from several NPs in Horsham District)


The Examiner for the Southwater Neighbourhood Plan is Derek Stebbing of IPe.

Letter from Derek Stebbing (13 December 2019)

Land West of Worthing Road, Southwater (Highway Capacity Assessment) Jan 2020

Formal Withdrawal of WSCC objection to the Southwater Neighbourhood Plan on Highways Grounds

Southwater NP Examination - Examiner's Note

Southwater NP Examination - Agenda Annex 1

Southwater NP Examination - Invited Parties Annex 2

Southwater NP Examination - Notes to Participants Annex 3

Southwater NP Examination - Matters for Discussion Annex 4

Southwater NP Examination Public Notice (28 Feb 2020)

Summary of Representations (Regulation 16)

Schedule of Representations Made at Regulation 16

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Ref 31: Boyer Planning

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Consultation of Submission-Draft Plan

The Regulation 16 consultation ended on Friday 19 July 2019 and the plan will now proceed to Examination, dates for which will be confirmed in due course.

View the supporting documents for the Southwater consultation

View the Draft Local Plan

Consultation of the Draft plan

The pre-submission Draft Plan was put out for consultation between October 5 2018 - November 25 2018.

For further information on the plan and accompanying documents, please click here

Area revision and designation

A revision to the area map was put out for consultation again between March 5 2016-April 29 2016 and approved under Regulation 7.

Designation documents

Application for designation

Under Regulation 5 and 6, the Southwater area application was put out for consultation between 14 November 2013 - 26 December 2013.

Application documents