Albourne, Balcombe and Bolney residents vote in favour of Neighbourhood Plans

PR2063/TS/MF - 02/09/2016

Albourne, Balcombe and Bolney have become the latest Mid Sussex villages to have their say on future development by voting in favour of Neighbourhood Plans.

On Thursday 1 September 2016, villagers voted on whether they wanted Mid Sussex District Council to use the Neighbourhood Plans for Albourne, Balcombe and Bolney to help decide planning applications in each area.

In Albourne the turnout was 43.4% and residents voted in favour of using the Neighbourhood Plan, with 228 voting ‘Yes’ and 9 voting ‘No’.

In Balcombe the turnout was 26.9% and residents voted in favour of using the Neighbourhood Plan, with 376 voting ‘Yes’ and 24 voting ‘No’.

In Bolney the turnout was 56%, the highest ever for a Neighbourhood Plan in Mid Sussex, and residents voted in favour of using the Neighbourhood Plan, with 520 voting ‘Yes’ and 31 voting ‘No’.

The referendums took place on the same day but were all completely separate. Albourne, Balcombe and Bolney Parish Councils each individually produced Neighbourhood Plans that were unique to their local area. They include general planning policies that will guide and shape the future of each village, such as where new homes and open spaces should be located and what they should look like.

The final stage is for Mid Sussex District Council to formally ‘make’ the Albourne, Balcombe and Bolney Neighbourhood Plans at a Council meeting, at which point they will become part of the Council’s development plans and help to shape future development in Mid Sussex.

With 10 Neighbourhood Plans already made and now 3 more that have passed the public referendum stage, Mid Sussex is confirmed as one of the leading areas in the country for the production of Neighbourhood Plans.

For more information on the Neighbourhood Planning process contact the Mid Sussex District Council Planning Policy team on 01444 477391