Ferring Parish Neighbourhood Development Plan 2013

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What we can aspire to influence are the type of dwellings to be built, where they are built, the services and infrastructure needed to make any development sustainable and enhance the quality of life in our community. Ferring and Kingston made a successful joint bid for a £20K grant to prepare our Neighbourhood Plans and also obtained a further £5K from Arun District Council form the New Homes Bonus money. This means the neighbourhood Plan work should be self-funding and will not require an increase in the precept.

Getting Started

OBJECTIVES of the Ferring Neighbourhood Plan

Sustainable local transport

"To research the transport and highways needs of Ferring such that a sustainable policy for the next twenty years can be prepared for the Community Led Neighbourhood Plan".

Environment, amenities and leisure

To bring forward realistic policies and proposals for the conservation and enhancement of the environment and amenities of the village( including any related leisure aspects) which represent as far as practicable the wishes and aspirations of the local community

Local Housing Needs

To gain understanding of the current needs and requirements, for the next 5 years, for housing in Ferring and the constraints and pressures of achieving them.


To investigate the risk of flooding (sea, river, rainwater and ground water) and to establish what, if any, plans are in place to manage the risks and mitigate the impact of any flooding within the Village, and identify what awareness of flooding exists.

Health, safety & wellbeing

To investigate what measures would help improve the health and wellbeing of residents in the parish. To find out if there are any actions that can be taken to help people feel safe in their homes and their community.

Business & Employment

To investigate what businesses currently operate within the parish and to propose a reasoned business development plan for the next 15 years aimed at sustaining and improving businesses that directly serve the community.

To investigate the possibilities of the development along the A259 and to lay down criteria designed to ensure that all should conform to standards of sustainability (both economic and environmental) and suitably benefit the community.


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.

Local Planning History

produced a parish in 2001, reviewed in 2005. click here for the two plans

Designation, Steering Group and Governance

Helpful Tips for Stage 2: Community Engagement

Please click on the pink question mark for some useful guidance.

Task: Provide information on the community engagement activities undertaken, open days, public events, workshops etc. provide pictures.


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.

Public Open Events and Activities

Open Day
Open Day 2
Open Day 3

Planning and undertaking the Neighbourhood Plan launch open days/evenings to maximise public understanding and participation.

Community Data and Local Evidence

Click here for more consultation activities undertaken Consultation

Helpful Tips for Stage 3: Pre-Submission Plan and Draft SEA

Please click on the pink question mark for some useful guidance.


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.

Pre-Submission Plan Process

Task: Indicate or outline the process undertaken to inform the drafting of plan (i.e. planning workshop, landowners presentations, etc). Provide pictures if any

Pre-Submission Plan and Associated Documents

Submitted Plan and Relevant Documents

Please click here for the submitted plan and associated documents Ferring NDP Plan and 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

Bringing Plan into Force


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 Ferring Neighbourhood Development Plan and the 3no. Ferring CRTBO's have successfully passed examination. This is the seventh successful NDP examination in the Arun district and the first successful CRTBO's in Arun and Sussex.

For more information click here


Ferring Neighbourhood Plan Referendum – 10 December 2014 Notice is given that a Referendum will be held on Wednesday 10 December 2014 relating to the Ferring Neighbourhood Plan. The question to be asked of voters at the Referendum is:

"Do you want Arun District Council and the South Downs National Park Authority to use the neighbourhood plan for Ferring to help it decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area?"

The Referendum area is identical to the area that has been designated as the Ferring Neighbourhood Plan area which covers the parish of Ferring.

The Referendum will be conducted in accordance with procedures which are similar to those used at local government elections.

Electors in this referendum will also be asked to consider three Community Right to Build Orders (CRTBOs).

For more information, click here

Ferring NP passed its referendum - 82.66% in favour****


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