District Plan Examination
In accordance with Section 20 of the Planning & Compulsory Purchase Act 2004 (as amended), the Mid Sussex District Plan 2015 Submission and the Focused Amendments 2016 were submitted to the Secretary of State on 17 August 2016.
Inspector Jonathan Bore, MRTPI, has been appointed to conduct an examination to determine whether the District Plan is sound.
Pauline Butcher has been appointed as the Programme Officer for the Examination and will deal with all procedural, administrative and programming matters under the direction of the Inspector. She has written to all representors to inform them of her role and will notify them when further information about the Examination becomes available.
Her contact details are: Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Telephone: 07823 494353
The Inspector is aware that Document BP1 of the submitted Mid Sussex District Plan contains proposed modifications which have not been subject to consultation. These modifications do not arise from consultation and are substantial in nature as they include changes to the affordable housing requirement and a substantial reduction in the quantum of housing available to meet other authorities’ unmet needs. The Inspector wrote to the Council on this and a number of other issues arising from the submitted plan (ID1). The Council responded to the Inspector (MSDC 1).
The Inspector has confirmed that "For the purposes of the Examination Hearings, the Inspector will use Document BP1 "Submission Version incorporating further amendments and further proposed modifications" as the main reference point, except in the case of Policy DP29: Affordable Housing, which will remain for the time being as set out in Document BP2 ""Pre-Submission Draft" as indicated in MSDC 1."
The Programme Officer will notify representors as further information becomes available and this website will be updated.
May 25th 2017 - Further Hearings to discuss Unmet Need, Settlement Hierarchy and Housing Land Supply
Following receipt of MSDC8b, MSDC8c and MSDC16 (which can be viewed on this page), the Inspector has confirmed it will be necessary to hold a further hearing to consider the issues of unmet need and settlement hierarchy together with the updated trajectory and 5 year housing land supply. The hearings will be held on Tuesday 25th and Wednesday 26th July.
Further submissions from participants will be accepted on the following terms:
- Submissions from the Developers’ Forum, the other housing participants and public bodies should be in the form of statements of common ground with the Council, and where there are differences, these should be tabulated and explained. Statements of any other kind are not encouraged.
- Submissions from local groups and individual participants may be in the form of a short statement with a maximum of 2 sides of A4 covering all the issues.
The hearing will only relate to the Council’s new material and will not go over old ground, and the same will apply to any SoCG or statement. Any submission not following these rules will be returned. SoCGs and statements should be submitted by 7 July 2017.
The agenda and details regarding format and deadline for submissions can be found in ID24: Agenda for Hearings 25th/26th July 2017
As previously noted an application was received in November 2015 for development within the proposed allocation at Pease Pottage. This application was approved by the District Planning Committee on Thursday 24th November. You can view the application on the Mid Sussex meeting details page.
The Inspector has stated “I will not be offering any comment on the planning application for the Pease Pottage site; any decision on the application is a matter for the local planning authority. I have received sufficient written material on the subject and do not intend to discuss the matter at the Examination Hearings."
Inspector's Interim Conclusions on the Housing Requirement
Following Hearing Sessions held between November 2016 - February 2017, the Inspector has written to the Council with his interim conclusions on the housing requirement.
The Inspector will not accept any further representations, submissions or comments from any party on the contents of this letter, either in writing or verbally in the forthcoming hearings.
Mid Sussex Documents
Non-Housing Matters Statements - Representors
|Pol/68||Hurstpierpoint & Sayers Common Parish Council||15/02/2017|
|Pol/14982||CPRE Mid Sussex||15/02/2017|
|Pol/15604||Home Builders Federation Ltd||15/02/2017|
|Pol/15663||Hallam Land Management||15/02/2017|
|Pol/20193||Mr P Giles||15/02/2017|
|Pol/20306||Tim North Associates||24/02/2017|
|Pol/20339||Gatwick Airport Ltd||16/02/2017|
Housing Matters Statements - Representors
This webpage will be updated as the Examination progresses. The full document list and reference numbers can be viewed on the Examination Library page.