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What is a Neighbourhood Plan?

Neighbourhood planning gives communities direct power to develop a shared vision for their neighbourhood and shape the development and growth of their local area. They are able to choose where they want new homes, shops and offices to be built, have their say on what those new buildings should look like and what infrastructure should be provided, and grant planning permission for the new buildings they want to see go ahead. Neighbourhood planning provides a powerful set of tools for local people to ensure that they get the right types of development for their community where the ambition of the neighbourhood is aligned with the strategic needs and priorities of the wider local area.

Neighbourhood planning is not a legal requirement but a right which communities in England can choose to use. Communities may decide that they could achieve the outcomes they want to see through other planning routes, such as incorporating their proposals for the neighbourhood into the Local Plan, or through other planning mechanisms such as Local Development Orders and supplementary planning documents or through pre-application consultation on development proposals. Communities and local planning authorities should discuss the different choices communities have to achieving their ambitions for their neighbourhood.

Here is plications by Horsham District Council Planning Offers and elected Councillors.

More information on neighbourhood planning can be found on the website click here.

Southwater Neighbourhood Plan - Steering Group

The Parish Council made the decision to prepare a Neighbourhood Plan for the parish in 2013. Since then a Steering Group made up of interested parties has been working to prepare a plan for the parish, currently the steering group consists of:


SG Position Name Interest in Parish
Chairman Mr Graham Watkins Parish Councillor
Vice Chairman Mr Geoff Cole Parish Councillor
  Mr Les Ampstead Resident
  Mr Laurie Apted Parish Councillor
  Ms Angie Choat Southwater Youth Project & Resident
  Mrs Pauline Flores-Moore Parish Councillor
  Rev Godfrey Kesari Holy Innocents Church & Resident
  Mr John Mace Stammerham Amenity Assoc. & Resident
  Ms Deborah Priebe Southwater Action & Resident
  Mr Ramesh Shingadia Londis Shop & Resident
  Mr Neil Whitear Parish Councillor
  Mr Nigel Jupp WSCC County Councillor



Southwater Neighbourhood Plan - Timeline

Please see the Southwater Neighbourhood Plan for details of Timeline and Progress: 



Southwater Neighbourhood Plan - Downloads

As relevant documents are completed we will make them available on the official website to view and download. We hope to make available:

1. Steering Group Meeting agenda’s and minutes

2. The Neighbourhood Plan Evidence Base

3. Consultation Material

4. Other guidance or material we consider informative/useful


Linked documents