Responses to Planning consultations

Our Strategic Planning and Development Management team  respond to a number of  consultations issued by Government departments and other agencies.  The responses sent by us are available to download below.

Gatwick Airport Northern Runway Project (NRP) Statutory Consultation

(Gatwick Airport, December 2021)

Through its Northern Runway Project, Gatwick Airport Ltd proposes to bring its northern runway into routine use to create a dual-runway airport with significantly expanded capacity.  Proposals for expansion of the airport were originally set out in the Gatwick Airport Master Plan (2019) which presented three scenarios for growth. This is the second growth scenario and constitutes a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project (NSIP) which will require an application for Development Consent to be made to the Planning Inspectorate, with a decision ultimately made by the Secretary of State for Transport.


Horsham District Council has responded individually, but is also working jointly with nine other local authorities affected by the proposals. The Council’s published response below does not contain Appendices (iii) to (ix) due to the size of the reports, however these are available upon request.

Gatwick Airport Northern Runway Project Statutory Consultation Response

West Sussex Transport Plan Review

(West Sussex County Council Consultation, October 2021)

West Sussex County Council published the Draft West Susssex Transport Plan (WSTP) 2022-2036 for consultation from 16 July to 8 October 2021.  Horsham District Council's response to the consultation can be read below.

West Sussex Transport Plan Review Response

National Planning Policy Framework and National Model Design Code

(Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government Consultation, March 2020)

The National Planning Policy Framework and National Model Design Code consultation sought views on two areas. The first related to proposed revisions to the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF), in response to recommendations made by the Building Better Building Beautiful Commission. The second related to the new draft National Model Design Code, which is expected to be used to support the creation of local design codes, guides and policies in order to promote good design.

National Planning Policy Framework and National Model Design Code response

Supporting Housing Delivery and Public Service Infrastructure

(Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government Consultation, December 2020)

The Supporting housing delivery and public service infrastructure consultation sought views on permitted development rights, change of use and speeding up planning permission for public service infrastructure.

Supporting housing delivery and public service infrastrucutre response

White Paper: Planning for the Future

(Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government Consultation, October 2020)

The Planning for the future consultation proposes reforms of the planning system to streamline and modernise the planning process, bring a new focus to design and sustainability, improve the system of developer contributions to infrastructure, and ensure more land is available for development where it is needed.

Horsham District Council has responded both individually, and as part of a joint response submitted by the West Sussex and Greater Brighton Strategic Planning Board.

White Paper: Planning for the Future responses

Changes to the Current Planning System

(Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government Consultation, October 2020)

The changes to the current planning system consultation sought views on changes to planning policy and regulations.

Horsham District Council has responded both individually, and as part of a joint response submitted by the West Sussex and Greater Brighton Strategic Planning Board.

Changes to the Current Planning System responses

Biodiversity Net Gain

(DEFRA, February 2019)

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Consultation sought views on how the planning system in England can be improved to protect the environment and wildlife, while creating better places to live and work.

Biodiversity net gain response

Reforming developer contributions, CIL regulations and technical consultation on draft regulations

(Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government Consultation, January 2019)

The Developer Contributions Reform consultation consulted on draft regulations to further amend the Community Infrastructure Levy Regulations 2010. The proposed changes to the 2010 Regulations follow the package of reforms announced in the Autumn Budget 2017, which are aimed at making the system of developer contributions more transparent and accountable.

Developer contributions response

Planning reform, supporting the High Street and increasing the delivery of new homes

(Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government Consultation, January 2019)

The Planning Reform consultation consulted on a package of measures which the Government has proposed to provide greater planning certainty to support the High Street and ensure delivery of new homes.

Planning reform response

Local housing need assessment

(Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government Consultation, December 2018)

The Local Housing Needs assessment consulted on changes to planning policy and guidance including the standard method for assessing local housing need.

Local housing needs response