09 May 2016
Residents of Ashurst Wood have voted in favour of using a Neighbourhood Plan to determine local planning applications.
Neighbourhood Plans are a way for local people to decide the future of their town or village. Town and Parish Councils work alongside local residents to produce the plans, which set out general planning policies, such as where new homes and offices should be built and what they should look like.
Once a Neighbourhood Plan is complete, a town or village wide referendum is held to ask all residents what they think of the proposed plan. If more than 50% of the people who vote are in favour then the Neighbourhood Plan will be used to decide future planning applications.
At the Neighbourhood Plan Referendum in Ashurst Wood on Thursday 5 May, 505 residents voted in favour of using the town’s Neighbourhood Plan to help decide planning applications in the area and 72 residents voted against the proposal. The turnout was 43%.
Mid Sussex District Council will now meet on 29 June 2016 when the Ashurst Wood Neighbourhood Plans will be ‘made’. The plan will then be used by the District Council to decide planning applications in Ashurst Wood.
For more information on the Neighbourhood Planning process contact Hamish Walke in the Mid Sussex District Council Planning Policy team on 01444 477063 or email Hamish.Walke@midsussex.gov.uk.