Following consultation on the Pre-Submission Draft District Plan between June and July 2015 and after careful consideration, the Council is proposing to make amendments to the Plan to ensure it meets the needs of Mid Sussex residents and businesses, while protecting the unique character and diversity of the towns and villages.
The main changes to the Pre-Submission Draft District Plan that are proposed in the Focused Amendments are:
- An increase in the housing provision figure from 650 to 800 new homes per year, which will enable the Council to make a contribution to meeting the housing needs of neighbouring authorities;
- The identification of a new strategic site for 600 homes at Pease Pottage;
- The inclusion of a housing density policy to maximise the yield from allocated sites and those in the built-up areas, thereby reducing the unnecessary loss of open countryside;
- The reversion to the previous affordable housing and developer contribution policies following the High Court’s quashing of the Government’s guidance on these matters; and
- Updates to reflect new Government policy on self-build homes, energy efficiency, housing and accessibility standards, and Gypsies & Travellers.
The Focused Amendments to the Pre-Submission Draft District Plan were considered by the Scrutiny Committee for Planning And Economic Development on the 10th November 2015.
Council approved the Focused Amendments to the Pre-Submission Draft District Plan for consultation on the 11th November 2015.
The consultation started on the 19th November 2015 and closed on the 15th January 2016.
The Focused Amendments to the Pre-Submission Draft District Plan documents can be downloaded below:
A Summary Report containing summaries of the responses made during the Focused Amendments consultation has been published.
Focused Amendments to the Pre-Submission Draft District Plan - Summary of Representations