Arundel Neighbourhood Plan 2014-2029

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What is a Neighbourhood Plan A Neighbourhood Plan is a plan that can set out where development will go and what development could look like in a particular area. The production of our Plan will be led by the Town Council but it needs the involvement of the local community. There is no requirement for us to make a Neighbourhood Plan, however the Plan will be used by Arun District Council to help make decisions on planning applications received in our community. It will form part of the Planning Framework for the District and sit alongside the Local Plan which Arun is producing that sets out policies and proposals to do with strategic issues. There are a number of legal requirements that a Neighbourhood Plan has to go through before it can be used to make planning decisions by the District Council. Once it has met all these requirements and been tested it can be adopted by the District Council and used in planning decisions

Designation, Steering Group and Governance


Local Authorities have the duty to support your parish/town in preparing a plan. However, before you decide on a neighbourhood plan, consider the length of time and financial implications of producing one. The complexity of your plan will depend on what it is trying to achieve be it a single topic issues or a wide ranging. Your cost could also be impacted by the size of your population when it comes to surveys and community engagement activities.

The first formal stage of preparing a neighbourhood plan is to get your parish/town/area designated. Your community can begin to identify their issues and concerns as well as aspirations before you become a fully designated area. However, in the case of funding, your community will not be eligible to apply until you become formally designated as neighbourhood plan area.

Community Data and Local Evidence


Your Neighbourhood Plan offers you several advantages and opportunities to influence and control development in your area. They are led by the parish and town councils and involve engaging with all residents, community groups and service providers serving your community. The plan will have to be accepted by the community through a referendum hence the crucial element of getting them on board and informing them of progress throughout the process.

Engage with all organisations, departments, local partners and residents to improve dialogue and negotiations which could help with the future development and implementation of your plan policies and proposals.

Pre-Submission Plan Process


Understand the purpose, discuss and agree the key principles of the Plan, including housing numbers, locations and types and other land use and infrastructure proposals.

Draft Plan including a summary of the ‘State of the Parish’ report, the Plan objectives (including the measures by which its success will be judged in due course), the proposed land use allocations, the proposed Planning policies, the proposed infrastructure investments and a delivery Plan. Prepare draft SEA, comprising a schedule of sustainability objectives and show how each specific proposal measures up against each relevant objective. Where negative sustainability impacts are identified, to indicate how such impacts may be mitigated

Regulation 14 Consultation

Carry out the statutory minimum six weeks public consultation. The Pre Submission Plan and its associated documents such as the draft SEA and Community Right To Build Orders (CRTBO) if being undertaken should be made available electronically via websites as well as in hard copies at vantage locations across the parish/town. Hold drop in session with residents to answer queries and explain reasons for proposed policies. Collect and log the representations made during the consultation exercise. The Steering Group to the review each representation and propose an appropriate response (either agree and amend or disagree) in a single schedule.

Submission Plan and Associated Documents


Your final plan which is the Submission Plan must be submitted with other documents required by the neighbourhood plan regulations. These are: The Basic Conditions Statement, The Strategic Environment Assessment (SEA), The Habitats Regulations Assessment (HRA) if required and The Consultation Statement

Arundel Neighbourhood Plan 2014-2029 Post Examination

The Arundel Neighbourhood Plan was formally made part of the South Downs development plan by South Downs National Park Authority on 12 June 2014. This follows the positive outcome of the referendum held on 8 April, where over 90% of those who voted were in favour of the plan. A meeting of Full Council at Arun agreed to make the plan on 30 April.

For more information visit the SDNAP website by clicking here


Once the final plan is submitted to the Local Planning Authority (LPA) with all the associated documents, it becomes the responsibility of the LPA. The LPA will once satisfied with the plan and all the documents submitted will proceed to publish them for a further six weeks consultation known as the Regulation 16 Consultation. During this period, the LPA will work with the parish or town council to appoint an examiner who will independently examine your plan and all the documents submitted. Some Local Planning Authorities may choose to agree and select the preferred examiner with the parish or town council before the final documents are even submitted.

Regulation 16 Consultation and Independent Examination

The examiner's report on the Arundel neighbourhood development plan was published on 10 February 2014.

The examiner has recommended that subject to modifications the Arundel Neighbourhood Plan should go to referendum. Arun Council opened a consultation period on the plan on 5 December 2013 for members of the public to view and comment on. Consultation ended on 16 January 2014. Arundel Council’s application to be the designated body to produce the Neighbourhood Development Plan was approved by Arun District Council and South Downs National Park on 14 November 2012.



The referendum on the Arundel Neighbourhood Plan was held on 8th April 2014. Those voting overwhelmingly supported the use of the plan in determining planning applications (turnout was 26.6%).

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