Bolney Neighbourhood Plan

September 2016 - Bolney Neighbourhood Plan Making (adoption)

On Wednesday 21st September 2016 Mid Sussex District Council resolved to ‘make’ the Bolney Neighbourhood Development Plan. The Bolney Neighbourhood Plan has been formally ‘made’ as of 22nd September 2016. The Bolney 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:

Bolney Neighbourhood Plan Referendum 

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

Yes: 520

No: 31

Other: 3

Turn Out Rate: 56%

July 2016

Information Statement

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

A neighbourhood planning referendum will be held for the Bolney Neighbourhood Development Plan 2015-2031 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 Bolney 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 £2,421.47. The number of persons entitled to vote in the Referendum by reference to which the limit has been calculated is 1008. The Referendum will be conducted in accordance with procedures which are similar to those used at local government elections.

The Specified Documents are: 

June 2016

Bolney Neighbourhood Plan Examination Report

On the 20th June 2016 Mid Sussex District Council received the Independent Examiner's Report on the Bolney Neighbourhood Plan. The report concludes that subject to modifications the Plan should proceed to Referendum and a decision to formally accept the recommendations is likely to take place sometime in Autumn 2016. The Examiner's report is available to view below:

Bolney Neighbourhood Plan Examiner's Report

May 2016

The extended consultation period has now ended. This is the Summary of Responses for the extended consultation.

May 2016

Following the close of the consultation period for the Submission Bolney Neighbourhood Plan, GL Hearn (Planning Consultants) wrote a further letter to Ann Skippers who is examining the Plan.  This has resulted in an exchange of correspondence between GL Hearn and the District Council.

The Examiner will be taking into account the content of these letters, during the examination of the Plan. In the interests of fairness, all other respondents to the Regulation 16 stage are being notified of these letters and given 21 days to make further comments on the matters raised.

The letters from GL Hearn and the response from the District Council are set out below.

GL Hearn first letter

GL Hearn second letter

MSDC response to GL Hearn first letter

MSDC response to Anne Skippers

MSDC response to GL Hearn second letter

Letter to those who responded to Regulation 16 consultation

The Examiner does not intend to accept any further representation on any other issues at this time.


How to comment:


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

All comments must be received by midnight on 25th May 2016


February 2016

Examination Information

The District Council has appointed Ann Skippers as the Examiner of the Bolney Neighbourhood Plan with a Report anticipated to be received in March/April. Ann is a Member of the Royal Town Planning Institute and has over twenty years of practical experience in a career that has spanned the public, private and academic sectors.  Ann began her career working for Chelmsford Borough Council and now runs her own consultancy Ann Skippers Planning specialising in providing support and training to local authorities, community and other groups and individuals on planning.  Ann was President of the Royal Town Planning Institute in 2010 and is currently Vice Chair of the Construction Industry Council and a Visiting Lecturer at University College London.  She is a Member of the Neighbourhood Planning Independent Examiner Referral Service.

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

Bolney Neighbourhood Plan

Bolney Neighbourhood Plan

Other submitted documents