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.

February 2021

Mid Sussex District Council is publishing the submitted Copthorne Neighbourhood Plan. The consultation will run from 9th February 2021 until 24th March 2021.

The Plan sets out a vision for the future of the area and planning policies which will be used to determine planning application locally.

Copthorne Neighbourhood Plan

Please note that documents have not be made available in deposit locations due to the current COVID-19 pandemic.

How to comment on the Neighbourhood Plan

Alternatively, a Microsoft Word version of the form can be completed and returned by email or by post to the following:

A Guidance Note has been prepared to assist anyone who wished to make representation to the Copthorne Neighbourhood Plan.

All comments must be received by midnight on 24th March 2021.

Other documents submitted

Copthorne Neighbourhood Plan Consultation Statement

Copthorne Neighbourhood Plan Basic Conditions Statement

Heritage and Characterisation Study (May 2019)

Assessment of Local Heritage Assets (August 2020)

Local Green Spaces Assessment (August 2020)

Review of Parking Requirements (January 2021)

HRA Screening

Notice of Publication of the Copthorne Neighbourhood Development Plan

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 April 2021