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 draft 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.

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

January 2023

The Independent Examiner, Andrew Ashcroft, carried out the Examination of the Horsted Keynes Neighbourhood Plan. He concluded that subject to a series of recommended modifications the Horsted Keynes Neighbourhood Plan meets the basic conditions.

The Council is working alongside Horsted Keynes Parish Council to progress the Neighbourhood Plan to the next stage.
All documents relevant to the preparation and the examination of the Plan, including the Examiner’s report, 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: 13 January 2023