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 2020 a Call for Sites was undertaken 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.
The Plan is required to be assessed against environmental constraints and this work is currently being undertaken. It is planned that this work will be completed by the end of June at which point the public consultation can be undertaken.