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: email@example.com 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.
Main Modifications Consultation: October 2nd - November 13th 2017
The Mid Sussex District Plan was submitted to the Planning Inspectorate in August 2016. A Planning Inspector has held a number of Examination Hearings, the most recent being in July 2017. At these hearings the Inspector recommended that the Plan could proceed to adoption subject to a number of modifications.
The Council is now undertaking a public consultation on the Main Modifications that are proposed. The Main Modifications are changes, additions or deletions required to make the plan ‘sound’ and have been prepared in liaison with the Planning Inspector during the course of the Examination. These are set out in the Schedule of Main Modifications.
The consultation will run from Monday 2nd October - Monday 13th November.
At this stage representations are only being sought on whether the Main Modifications to the Plan are sound and/or legally compliant. Comments may also be made on the accompanying Sustainability Appraisal and Habitats Regulations Assessment.
If you made representations on the previous District Plan consultations, there is no need to resubmit them during this representation period as the Inspector has already considered these representations during the course of the Examination.
The consultation documents can be downloaded below:
- Schedule of Main Modifications to the District Plan
- Main Modifications - Sustainability Appraisal Report (September 2017)
- Main Modifications - Habitats Regulations Assessment (September 2017)
How To Respond
Responses must be received between Monday 2nd October and midnight on Monday 13th November. A Guidance Note has been prepared to aid you when making a response.
Online: Online Response Form
Post: A paper version of the response form can be downloaded here and sent to Planning Policy and Economic Development, Oaklands, Oaklands Road, Haywards Heath, West Sussex, RH16 1SS.
Mid Sussex Documents
Further Hearings (July 25/26th 2017) - Representor Statements
|DF/FH||Mid Sussex Developers Forum - Statement||10/07/2017|
|65/FH||Hassocks Parish Council - Statement||10/07/2017|
|2335/FH||Rydon Homes (Sigma Planning) - Statement||10/07/2017|
|2335/FH/1||Rydon Homes (Sigma Planning) - Hassocks delivery||31/07/2017|
|11619/FH||Wates Developments Ltd - Statement||10/07/2017|
|14810/FH||Mr D Peacock - Statement||10/07/2017|
Non-Housing Matters Statements (Hearings: February 2017) - Representor Statements
|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 (Hearings: November 2016 - March 2017) - Representor Statements
This webpage will be updated as the Examination progresses. The full document list and reference numbers can be viewed on the Examination Library page.