Lindfield and Lindfield Rural Neighbourhood Plan

March 2016

On Wednesday 23rd March 2016 Mid Sussex District Council resolved to ‘make’ the Lindfield and Lindfield Rural Neighbourhood Plan part of the Development Plan for Mid Sussex. The Lindfield and Lindfield Rural Neighbourhood Plan and accompanying documents  including the 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:

January 2016

Lindfield and Lindfield Rural Neighbourhood Plan Referendum 

A Neighbourhood Planning Referendum was held on Thursday 28th January 2016 where those who live within Lindfield Parish and Lindfield Rural Parish were asked "Do you want Mid Sussex District Council to use the neighbourhood plan for Lindfield and Lindfield Rural to help it decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area?" People living in Lindfield and Lindfield Rural  voted as follows: 

Yes: 1888

No: 92

Other: 4

Turn Out Rate: 28.6%

December 2015 - Information Statement

On the 30th November 2015 Mid Sussex District Council formally accepted the Recommendations of the Independent Examiner for the Lindfield and Lindfield Rural Neighbourhood Plan, with the exception of including site 6 within the Built Up Area Boundary. This decision enables a Referendum to take place on the Lindfield and Lindfield Rural Neighbourhood Plan.

A neighbourhood planning referendum will be held for the Lindfield and Lindfield Rural Neighbourhood Development Plan 2014-2031 on Thursday 28th January 2016. The question asked in the referendum will be:

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

The referendum area is the Lindfield Parish area combined with the Lindfield Rural Parish area.

Map of lindfield and lindfield rural showing the area of the neighbourhood plan

A person is entitled to vote in the Referendum if on 12th January 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 £2764.85

The number of persons entitled to vote in the Referendum by reference to which the limit has been calculated is 6828.

The Referendum will be conducted in accordance with procedures which are similar to those used at local government elections.

The Specified Documents are

These documents can also be viewed at:

Mid Sussex District Council, Oaklands, Oaklands Road, Haywards Heath, West Sussex, RH16 1SS.

November 2015

Lindfield and Lindfield Rural Neighbourhood Plan Update.

On 30th November 2015 the Cabinet of Mid Sussex District Council will be considering how to proceed in relation to the Lindfield and Lindfield Rural Neighbourhood Plan and the Alternative Modification that was proposed and consulted upon in September/October 2015.

The Report for Cabinet is available to view on our website here:

http://mid-sussex.cmis.uk.com/mid-sussex/MeetingsCalendar/tabid/70/ctl/ViewMeetingPublic/mid/397/Meeting/1449/Committee/34/Default.aspx

The Cabinet Meeting starts at 4pm and the public are invited to attend to view proceedings from the gallery if they so wish.

September 2015

Lindfield and Lindfield Rural Proposed Alternative Modification Consultation

Mid Sussex District Council appointed an Independent Examiner to examine the Lindfield and Lindfield Rural Neighbourhood Plan. The Examiner recommended a number of modifications including that the Built up Area Boundary be amended so as to include additional land for development and land that benefits from extant permission. A map indicating the land which would be included in any such a proposal is available to view here.

A Local Planning Authority under Regulation 18 of The Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012 must consider the recommendations of the Examiner and the reasons for them and decide whether to accept them.

Mid Sussex District Council has considered the recommendations of the Examiner and has provisionally accepted most of the recommendations.  However, it takes a different view from that of the Examiner on the proposed amendment to the Built up Area Boundary. As such it is inviting representations on a proposed alternative modification.

It is the opinion of Mid Sussex District Council that the Built up Area Boundary should be amended to include the land that benefits from planning permission for residential development (indicated by hatched marking). However, the District Council’s provisional view is that it should not be amended to include land that has not been granted planning permission (i.e. the site coloured pink on the map suggested by the Examiner). A map indicating the land which would be included in such a proposal as suggested by MSDC is available here.

Mid Sussex District Council is keen to hear your opinion on its proposed alternative amendment to the Built up Area Boundary. The consultation will run for 21 days from 17th September 2015 until 8th October 2015. A paper copy is available to view at the Council offices (see address below). All comments must be received by Midnight on 8th October 2015. All comments received will be public information. Formal comments can be submitted online by emailing neighbourhoodplans@midsussex.gov.uk or by post to Planning Policy and Economic Development, Mid Sussex District Council, Oaklands Road, Haywards Heath, RH16 1SS.

If you have any queries, please contact the Planning Policy and Economic Development Team on (01444 477391) or email neighbourhoodplans@midsussex.gov.uk

August 2015 - Lindfield and Lindfield Rural Neighbourhood Plan Examination Report Published

Graham Self, the appointed independent examiner of the Lindfield and Lindfield Rural Neighbourhood Plan issued his Examination Report on the 10th May 2015.

Lindfield and Lindfield Rural Examination Report

Mid Sussex District Council sought further clarification from the examiner on a small number of points and a Supplementary Note was subsequently provided on the 18th May 2015.

Examiner's Supplementary Note

A track changes version of the Lindfield and Lindfield Rural Neighbourhood Plan that incorporates the majority of recommendations of the Independent Examiner has been published.

Lindfield and Lindfield Rural Neighbourhood Plan - Draft Referendum Version

There is one recommendation with which Mid Sussex District council does not agree and as such an alternative modification is proposed. This item will be taken to Cabinet on 8th September seeking approval to formally consult on the proposed alternative modification for a period of no less than 21 days.

April 2015

The District Council has appointed Graham Self as the Examiner for the Lindfield and Lindfield Rural Neighbourhood Plan. Graham is a Chartered Town Planner with specialist expertise in planning law and appeals.  He is a former Principal Inspector with the Planning Inspectorate and has held about 600 public inquiries or hearings under planning or related legislation, mainly in England and also in other jurisdictions including Wales, Ireland and the Isle of Man.

His initial experience was in local government in Cambridge and Norfolk, followed by 11 years as a consultant with Halcrow Fox & Associates where he worked mainly on traffic and transport planning projects in different parts of the UK, and abroad in Fiji, Kuwait and Dubai.

Now “semi-retired”, Mr Self undertakes consultancy projects, is a Visiting Lecturer for the University of the West of England Short Course Unit and also a freelance tutor, presenting training courses on planning subjects.  He is an accredited Examiner for neighbourhood plans.

A summary of representations made on the Lindfield and Lindfield Rural Neighbourhood Plan is available in the Lindfield and Lindfield Rural Summary of Representations Document

February 2015

Mid Sussex District Council published the submitted Lindfield and Lindfield Rural Neighbourhood Plan. The consultation ran from 12th February 2015 until 26th March 2015.

The Plan seeks to direct development towards the Built Up Area Boundaries of Lindfield and Scaynes Hill whilst protecting important public open spaces and the rural character of the two Parishes.

Lindfield and Lindfield Rural Neighbourhood Plan

Other submitted documents