Haywards Heath residents vote ‘yes’ in Neighbourhood Plan referendum

PR2079/TS/MF - 02/12/2016

Residents in Haywards Heath have voted in favour of using a Neighbourhood Plan to determine local planning applications.

A town wide Referendum was held on Thursday 1 December 2016 and the community was asked to vote on the following question:

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

The people of Haywards Heath voted overwhelmingly in favour of the plan, with 3117 residents voting ‘Yes’ and 328 residents voting ‘No’. The turnout was 15.54%.

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 14 December 2016 to consider whether the Haywards Heath Neighbourhood Plan should be ‘made’. Once the plan is ‘made’ it will be used by the District Council to decide planning applications in Haywards Heath.

For more information on the Neighbourhood Planning process contact the Mid Sussex District Council Planning Policy team on 01444 477391 or email Alice.Henstock@midsussex.gov.uk.