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Please see our Consultation & Monitoring page for further associated documentation. 

The Local Development Scheme

Please read the Adopted Local Development Scheme - June 2019 for a timetable on the preparation and review of Local Development Documents.

On 3rd June 2019 Scrutiny Committee for Communities, Housing and Planning considered a report that set out a revised timetable for the preparation of the Site Allocation Document. The revised timetable is as follows:

  • Regulation 18 – Preferred Options – Autumn 2019
  • Regulation 19 – Pre-Submission Consultation – Spring 2020
  • Submission for Examination – Summer/Autumn 2020
  • Adoption – Spring/Summer 2021

Monitoring report

Mid Sussex produces a monitoring report for the period 1 April to 31 March.

It looks at the progress of the Local Development Framework and various indicators relating to:

  • Business development
  • Town centres
  • Housing
  • Environmental quality

Latest report:

Monitoring Report 2014-15

Previous annual monitoring reports:

The Statement of Community Involvement

The Statement of Community Involvement (SCI) acts as a guide and benchmark for all council services to use when we involve communities in our decision making processes.

The SCI for the District was adopted in 2011. The SCI has been updated:

  • To ensure the SCI complies with all relevant national planning policy and guidance;
  • To reflect the adoption of the District Plan; and
  • To ensure that it complies with evolving best practice on community and stakeholder engagement.

Adopted Version of the SCI (2019)

Council adopted the revised SCI on the 27th March 2019.

Statement of Community Involvement (March 2019)

The Cabinet Member for Housing & Planning has approved a guidance note on the use of Planning Performance Agreements in Mid Sussex.

Advice on the use of Planning Performance Agreements in Mid Sussex (February 2019)

Key contacts list

One of the initiatives of the Statement of Community Involvement is to keep an up-to-date list of 'key contacts'.

This is a list of organisations and groups that we will consider contacting for consultation on our Local Development Framework.

Housing land supply

January 2020

The Planning Inspectorate has now responded to the Council’s APS submission stating that in its view, on a technicality that relates to the date when the District Plan was adopted, the Council does not qualify. The Inspectorate did not therefore comment on the Council’s housing land supply position.  This has helpfully clarified the guidance for all Planning Authorities.

PINS response can be found here.

December 2019

The Council is able to demonstrate a 5 year housing land supply.  This has been confirmed through a Planning Appeal decision.  The Appeal decision can be found here.

The Council is still awaiting a response from the Planning Inspectorate following the submission of the Annual Position Statement in July.

July 2019

The Council has submitted an Annual Position Statement to the Planning Inspectorate.

The Council has a 5 year supply of land for housing. This is confirmed in the District Plan Inspectors Report (paragraph 35 onwards). MSDC 22 provides more detail regarding the 5 year supply calculation (paragraph 37).

'Commitments' are dwellings that have not been finished but benefit from extant planning permission or are allocated in the Local Plan, Small Scale Housing Allocations DPD or in a Neighbourhood Plan - and can be developed within the plan period.

Previous monitoring years

Government Consultations

Mid Sussex District Council have made the following responses to Government consultations on national policy.

Last updated: 27 January 2020