Ansty and Staplefield residents vote ‘yes’ in Neighbourhood Plan referendum

PR2086 - 20/01/2017

Residents in Ansty and Staplefield have voted in favour of using a Neighbourhood Plan to determine local planning applications.

A Referendum was held on Thursday 19 January 2017 and the communities of Ansty and Staplefield were asked to vote on the following question:

‘Do you want Mid Sussex District Council to use the neighbourhood plan for Ansty and Staplefield to help it decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area?’

The people of Ansty and Staplefield voted overwhelmingly in favour of the plan, with 217 residents voting ‘Yes’ and 33 residents voting ‘No’. The turnout was 20.6%.

Neighbourhood Plans are a way for local people to decide the future of their town or village. Town and Parish Councils work alongside local residents to produce the plans, which set out general planning policies, such as where new homes and offices should be built and what they should look like.

Once a Neighbourhood Plan is complete, a town or village wide referendum is held to ask all residents what they think of the proposed plan. If more than 50% of people in the area who vote in the Referendum are in favour then the Neighbourhood Plan will be used to decide future planning applications.

Mid Sussex District Council will now meet on 1 February 2017 to consider whether the Ansty and Staplefield Neighbourhood Plan should be ‘made’. Once the plan is ‘made’ it will be used by the District Council to decide planning applications in Ansty and Staplefield.

For more information on the Neighbourhood Planning process contact the Mid Sussex District Council Planning Policy team on 01444 477053 or email