District Plan Review

The Mid Sussex District Plan was adopted in March 2018. The District Council is in the process of reviewing and updating the Plan where necessary.

At its meeting on the 19th January 2022, the Scrutiny Committee for Housing, Planning and Economic Growth resolved to:

(a) defer the discussion of the District Plan Review so that further work and consideration can take place and the outcome of change to any Government policy is known.
(b) establish a working party to review:
(i) the evidence for the proposed housing allocation in the Draft District Plan 2021-2038 ("the Plan");
(ii) the fundamental alterations to 10 major policies in the current District Plan and the addition of 6 new policies;
(iii) the appropriateness or otherwise of including the sites identified for development in the Plan, in whole or in part; and
(iv) report its findings to the next appropriate meeting of the Committee with recommendations for adoption by the Committee and Council.

An updated timetable for the preparation of the District Plan Review will be published in due course.

District Plan Review - Scope

The District Plan Review is only applicable to the adopted 2018 District Plan; the Site Allocations DPD which is currently at examination does not form part of this Review.

To understand the scope of the new District Plan the District Council examined the policies within the adopted District Plan.  This exercise highlighted which policies within the District Plan needed updating and what, if any, new policies are required to ensure the Plan is in accordance with national policy and guidance. 

The exercise categorised the policies into on one of three groups depending on whether it requires a full update, a minor update or no update.  Full updates have been triggered by new evidence or changes in national policy, whereas minor updates are principally needed to provide clarity or consistency.  The majority of existing policies require at least a minor update.   A full list of the policies and conclusions of the above exercise is available to view using the link below:

District Plan 2021 - 2038

The District Council has prepared its first draft (Regulation 18) of an updated District Plan.  The Plan will set out a vision and policy framework for achieving future growth within the District to 2038. 

Supporting the Consultation Draft District Plan is an interim Sustainability Appraisal, the Non-Technical Briefing Paper of which is available below.  The purpose of the SA is to inform and influence the plan-making process with the aim of maximising the Plan’s contribution to sustainable development.

Accompanying the above are a number of other documents, including the evidence base studies which inform the Plan’s policies, that are part of this Regulation 18 consultation.  These documents are available to view and download below.

The Consultation Draft District Plan will be considered by Council on 9th February 2022. Subject to Council approval, it is anticipated the updated District Plan 2021 – 2038 will be subject to public consultation starting mid-February. Further details of consultation arrangements and how to make a response will be provided on this page ahead of the consultation.

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Last updated: 28 April 2022