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


Worth Parish have prepared a draft Neighbourhood Plan for Copthorne village and the surrounding areas.

Worth Parish Council is inviting comments on the draft Plan for the Regulation 14 Consultation from 18th September until 13th November 2020.

More details:


Horsted Keynes

Horsted Keynes Parish Council is preparing a neighbourhood development plan for the parish of Horsted Keynes.

July 2018

An exploratory conference call has been held with the Examiner of the Horsted Keynes Neighbourhood Plan. 

A note of the meeting has been prepared

Following this meeting The Parish Council has decided to withdraw the Plan from Examination to allow further work to be undertaken to address the matters raised.

May 2018

Andrew Ashcroft has been appointed to examine the Horsted Keynes Neighbourhood Plan.

Further information will be provided in due course.

March 2018

Mid Sussex District Council has published the submitted Horsted Keynes Neighbourhood Plan. The consultation closed on 1st February 2018 and this is the Summary of Responses received during the consultation period.

Horsted Keynes Neighbourhood Plan.

Other submitted documents

You can find details of the background to the Horsted Keynes Neighbourhood Plan here: 


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: 09 November 2020