Steyning, Wiston, Ashurst, Bramber Neighbourhood Plan

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Cllr Nick Mills has very kindly offered to ride his bicycle around the parishes, to increase awareness of the Neighbourhood Plan process!




We are inviting all local residents and businesses to view displays and information on potential sites. This is your Neighbourhood Plan and it is vitally important that we hear your views and feedback.

Following the Localism Act 2011, local Councils have the option to draft and produce their own Neighbourhood Plan and shape the future of their own community. Steyning, Wiston, Ashurst and Bramber Parish Councils each considered the costs and implications of drafting a plan, both independently and as a cluster. Following much consideration, Councillors agreed that the most cost effective and robust plan would be achieved by clustering. Steering Group members look forward to working with the community to draft a Neighbourhood Plan - a strategic, statutory document, effective for 15 years. The plan will focus on local business and economy, community facilities, transport, accessibility, heritage, environment, local treasures and assets, as well as housing need in the area.

In order to draft an informed and effective Neighbourhood Plan, it is essential that the Steering Group are aware of any areas of land where the landowner has an intention of making it available for development at any time in the future. Please see below for a copy of the 'Call for Sites' letter due to go out shortly to owners of land within areas identified by HDC as having a potential for development.

Autumn update The 70+ resident volunteers in the SWAB Steering Group & Focus Groups have continued their work towards building our Neighbourhood Plan throughout the summer period. The local Youth Survey, devised by young people themselves, was launched online in mid-July and will gather valuable additional data for the SWAB Neighbourhood Plan as well as information about the views, needs & ideas of young people, for Steyning & several other local Parish Councils to consider. Our NP is for the future of our whole community and it’s vitally important we include input from those who will then be adults themselves. The Stage One Report has now been finalised, and includes summaries of the community views from our residents’ survey on each of our Focus Group topics. The “Call for Sites” process has so far resulted in 18 sites offered for consideration for potential planned development within the NP. These include sites for all 4 parishes, and we hope to now have sufficient for our future needs. We have had an introductory meeting with representatives from South Downs National Park authority to help them gain an understanding of our needs and for us to understand their priorities in relation to potential local development. The Housing Focus Group members have been working on the site selection criteria to ensure that each is assessed robustly and as objectively as possible, on criteria relevant to planning and residents’ views expressed in the survey. Once the Steering Group approves the selection criteria, sites will be assessed individually. A recommendation will be made of those best suited to our future community needs. Though site locations will necessarily remain confidential during this process, they will all be reported publically in due course to give residents the opportunity to comment on this important element for our draft plan. Residents can view our deliverable documents and Steering Group meeting minutes, as well as periodic news updates on our website:- We anticipate another SWAB public meeting in the Autumn to provide a fuller project update and Q & A session. We currently expect the referendum on the finalised Neighbourhood Plan to be in late Spring 2016.


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, Survey Results and Stage One Report

Recently drafted Housing Needs Surveys are one of the many sources of information that will inform the Neighbourhood Plan. Please see below for copies of documents.

Designation, Steering Group and Governance

See here for information on the Designation Process, formation of the initial Steering Group, Agendas and Minutes of Steering Group meetings etc.


Members' Registers of Interest

In the interests of openness and transparency, Steering Group members have agreed to complete a Register of Interest. For those members who are Parish Councillors, please see individual Parish Council websites for registers of interest. For those members who have been selected from Focus Groups and are not Parish Councillors, please see below.

Focus Group members have also been asked to complete a Register of Interest, prior to taking part in Focus Group meetings. Copies of these will not be published on the website, but are held in the Steyning Parish Council office and are available for inspection upon request.

SWAB Newsletters

Please see below for the latest SWAB Newsletter.

Helpful Tips for Stage 2: Community Engagement

Helpful Tips: 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.

Community Data and Local Evidence

Task: Provide information on survey results, statistics and all relevant evidence gathered to support your plan

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

Helpful Tips: 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

Task: Provide a link to or upload the pre-submission (draft) plan and draft SEA (if required) to be consulted on

Helpful Tips for Stage 4: Submission Plan and Associated Documents

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


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

Representation and Responses to Pre Submission Plan

Task: Outcome of your regulation 14 consultation activity and any changes or modifications to be made or made

Submission Plan and Associated Documents

Task: Provide a link to or upload the submission (final) plan and final SEA (if required) a well as all other relevant documents such as the basic conditions statement and consultation statement

Helpful Tips for Stage 5: Bringing Plan into Force

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


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


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