District Plan Review

The Mid Sussex District Plan was adopted in March 2018. The District Council is committed to reviewing the District Plan and updating where necessary, with submission to the Planning Inspectorate scheduled for 2023. The process has now commenced. This page will provide updates on the progress of the District Plan Review in due course.


Stage of Preparation
Scheduled Date
Consultation Draft (Regulation 18) February – March 2022
Pre-Submission Draft (Regulation 19) Summer 2022
Submission Winter 2022
Examination Spring 2023
Adoption Autumn/ Winter 2023

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

Last updated: 19 January 2022