The Localism Act 2011 gives town or parish councils the ability to produce their own neighbourhood plan.

More information:  Neighbourhood planning - guidance

Neighbourhood plans:

  • Allow town and parish Councils the opportunity to plan for the future of their areas
  • Can include planning policies and allocations of land for different uses
  • Must be consistent with legislation and national and local planning policies

Made Neighbourhood Plans are taken into account when decisions on future planning applications are made.

For further information on the Neighbourhood Plans, please contact the relevant town or parish council.

Neighbourhood planning areas in Mid Sussex

Horsted Keynes

Horsted Keynes Parish Council has prepared a Neighbourhood Plan for the parish of Horsted Keynes. The Horsted Keynes Neighbourhood Plan sets out a vision for the future of the area and planning policies which will be used to determine planning applications locally.

May 2023

The Horsted Keynes Neighbourhood Plan referendum took place on the 4th May 2023. 82.4% of those voting in the referendum voted in favour of the plan being used to help decide planning applications in the parish.

The Council formally adopted the Horsted Keynes Neighbourhood Plan on 24th May 2023.

Adoption documents:

The may be inspected at the Council Offices Monday to Thursday 8:45 – 17:15 and Friday 8:45 – 16:15

Mid Sussex District Council
Oaklands Road
Haywards Heath
West Sussex
RH16 1SS

All documents relevant to the preparation and progress of the Horsted Keynes Neighbourhood Plan can be reviewed below

Examination documents:

Document submitted:

Other Documents


Neighbourhood planning resources

Organisations that will need to be informed when consulting on neighbourhood plans:

Neighbourhood Planning Advice:

Strategic Environmental Assessment:

South Downs National Park and neighbourhood planning

There are a number of Mid Sussex parishes that are now wholly or partly within the South Downs National Park. Any neighbourhood planning work within these parishes needs to be carried out with the National Park Authority.

The High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and neighbourhood planning

For further information visit High Weald AONB.

Voting on a Neighbourhood Plan

Last updated: 07 September 2023