Moving the Plan Forward

Neighbourhood Planning is supposed to be a straightforward process governed by Regulations. However, in the case of the West Chiltington Plan is has been a rocky road. After a huge amount of effort by a dedicated team, Horsham District Council refused to accept the Neighbourhood Plan because it did not provide sufficient sites for housing. This was despite the fact that they had not given the Parish an allocation of housing. 

The Parish Council commissioned an independent review of the Plan (AECOM Healthcheck) which endorsed the Plan but could not influence the decision of Horsham DC.

The full set of submitted documents can be viewed by following this link - Submitted Plan

The only way forward was to start the process again. However, the main elements of the Plan which have been extensively consulted upon with residents remain the same. The only changes are to bring the policy references up to date and to propose sites for housing development. 

In February 2020 Horsham DC undertook a public consultation into its draft vision for an updated Local Plan for the period 2019 to 2036. See consultation document here. This consultation set out a plan to develop two sites, Smock Alley and land at Hatches Estate - see page 102.

The full site assessments of the two sites made by HDC can be found on pages 129 to 132 of this document - Sites-with-potential-for-housing-development-allocation

The methodology adopted by HDC can be viewed here - Site-Assessment-Report-Regulation-18-Introduction

The Parish Council's response can be viewed here.

The Parish Council met with representatives of HDC to discuss the options for taking the Plan forward - Notes of meetings can be found here - Meeting 19th January 2021 - Meeting 3rd February 2021

In 2020 a Call for Sites was undertaken (results can be viewed here) and it was decided that the review of those sites should initially be undertaken by an independent organisation. This was done and then the working group reviewed the report and added local knowledge to determine two sites to take forward for further consultation (evidence of site review and selection). 

Notes of the AECOM Working Group can be found here

Neighbourhood Plan Questions and Answers

Draft Neighbourhood Plan 2021

2021 Regulation 14 consultation responses 

2021 Regulation 14 written responses