29 January 2016
Lindfield, Turners Hill and Twineham have become the latest Mid Sussex villages to have their say on future development by voting in favour of Neighbourhood Plans.
On Thursday 28 January 2016, villagers voted on whether they wanted Mid Sussex District Council to use the Neighbourhood Plans for Lindfield and Lindfield Rural, Turners Hill and Twineham to help decide planning applications in each area.
In Lindfield and Lindfield Rural the turnout was 28.6% and residents voted overwhelmingly in favour of using the Neighbourhood Plan, with 1888 voting ‘Yes’ and 92 voting ‘No’.
In Turners Hill the turnout was 30.3% and residents voted in favour of using the Neighbourhood Plan, with 325 voting ‘Yes’ and 58 voting ‘No’.
Finally in Twineham the turnout was 50.9% and residents again voted in favour of using the Neighbourhood Plan, with 102 voting ‘Yes’ and 7 voting ‘No’.
The referendums took place on the same day but were all completely separate. Lindfield and Lindfield Rural, Turners Hill and Twineham Parish Councils individually produced Neighbourhood Plans that were unique to their local area. They include general planning policies that will guide and shape the future of each village, such as where new homes and open spaces should be located and what they should look like.
The final stage is for Mid Sussex District Council to formally ‘make’ the Lindfield and Lindfield Rural, Turners Hill and Twineham Neighbourhood Plans, at which point they will become part of the Council’s development plans and help to shape future development in Mid Sussex.
The District ‘made’ the Neighbourhood Plans for Crawley Down and Burgess Hill on Wednesday 27 January and they will now be used to determine planning applications in those areas. The total number of ‘made’ plans in Mid Sussex is now six, which represents one of the highest Neighbourhood Plan adoption rates in the country.
For more information on the Neighbourhood Planning process contact the Mid Sussex District Council Planning Policy team on 01444 477391 or email Mark.Bristow@midsussex.gov.uk.