Balcombe Neighbourhood Plan

September 2016 - Balcombe Neighbourhood Plan Making (adoption)

On Wednesday 21st September 2016 Mid Sussex District Council resolved to ‘make’ the Balcombe Neighbourhood Development Plan. The Balcombe Neighbourhood Plan has been formally ‘made’ as of 22nd September 2016. The Balcombe Neighbourhood Development Plan and accompanying Documents including the Environmental Report and the Neighbourhood Plan Regulation 20 Adoption Statement can be inspected, free of charge at the principal office of Mid Sussex District Council in Haywards Heath during normal office hours and are additionally available for inspection below:

Balcombe Neighbourhood Plan Referendum 

A Neighbourhood Planning Referendum was held on Thursday 1st September 2016 where those who live within Balcombe Parish were asked "Do you want Mid Sussex District Council to use the neighbourhood plan for Balcombe to help it decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area?" People living in Balcombe voted as follows: 

Yes: 376

No: 24

Other: 0

Turn Out Rate: 26.9%

July 2016

Information Statement

On the 11th July 2016 Mid Sussex District Council formally accepted the Recommendations of the Independent Examiner for the Balcombe Neighbourhood Plan.  This decision enables a Referendum to take place on the Balcombe Neighbourhood Plan.

A neighbourhood planning referendum will be held for the Balcombe Neighbourhood Development Plan on Thursday 1st September 2016. The question asked in the referendum will be:

“Do you want Mid Sussex District Council to use the neighbourhood plan for Balcombe to help it decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area?”

The referendum area and the area covered by the neighbourhood plan is contiguous with the Parish Council boundary as show on this map.

A person is entitled to vote in the Referendum if on 1st September 2016

•He or She is entitled to vote in a local government election in the Referendum Area; and

•His or her qualifying address for the election is in the Referendum Area. A persons qualifying address is, in relation to a person registered in the register of electors, the address in respect of which he or she is entitled to be registered.

The Referendum expenses limit that will apply in relation to the Referendum is £2,4521.80. The number of persons entitled to vote in the Referendum by reference to which the limit has been calculated is 1522. The Referendum will be conducted in accordance with procedures which are similar to those used at local government elections.

The Specified Documents are:

May 2016


On the 18th May 2016 Mid Sussex District Council received the Independent Examiner’s Report on the Balcombe Neighbourhood Plan.  The report concludes that subject to modifications the Plan should proceed to Referendum and a decision to formally accept the recommendations is scheduled to take place at Cabinet on 11th July 2016.  The Examiners report is available to view below:

Balcombe Neighbourhood Plan Final Examiners Report

May 2016

The District Council has appointed Andrew Ashcroft as the Examiner of the Balcombe Neighbourhood Plan with a Report anticipated to be received during the summer of 2016.

A summary of representations made on the Balcombe Neighbourhood Plan is available in the Balcombe Summary of Representations Document.

February 2016 

Mid Sussex District Council is publishing the submitted Balcombe Neighbourhood Plan. The consultation will run from 25th  February 2016 until 7th April 2016.

Balcombe Parish Council has prepared a neighbourhood development plan for the village and surrounding countryside. The Plan seeks to identify sites for housing, employment and recreational land, whilst protecting and enhancing the local environment.

Balcombe Neighbourhood Plan 

How to comment on the Neighbourhood Plan: 

Online: Online Form


Post: Planning Policy and Economic Development, Mid Sussex District Council, Oaklands Road, Haywards Heath, RH16 1SS

Alternatively, a Microsoft Word version of the form can be completed and returned by email or by post to the addresses above.

A Guidance Note has been prepared to assist anyone who wishes to make a representation to the Balcombe Neighbourhood Plan.

All comments must be received by midnight on 7th April 2016. 

Balcombe Neighbourhood Plan Sustainability Appraisal

Balcombe Neighbourhood Plan Design Guide

Balcombe Neighbourhood Plan Local Greenspaces

Balcombe Neighbourhood Plan Basic Conditions Statement

Balcombe Neighbourhood Plan Consultation Statement

Balcombe Neighbourhood Plan Habitats Regulations Assessment


For background documents on the Balcombe Neighbourhood Plan please view the Balcombe Parish Council website here