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 Council has prepared a draft Neighbourhood Plan for Copthorne village and the surrounding areas.

July 2021

Following the Examination of the Copthorne Neighbourhood Plan, the Independent Examiner concluded that subject to a series of recommended modifications the Plan meets the basic conditions.

Having considered each recommendation made by the Examiner, the Council in consultation with Worth Parish Council have decided to accept the modifications to the draft plan. This is detailed in the Decision Statement.

The Decision Statement 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 Copthorne Neighbourhood Plan can be reviewed below.


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: 28 July 2021