Consultation has opened on the Mid Sussex District Plan – last chance to get your views heard

MSDPThe Mid Sussex District Plan has been published for public consultation for a period of 6 weeks, running from the 12th June to the 24th July 2015. This follows previous consultation on the draft District Plan between November 2014 and January 2015.

The updated District Plan received unanimous approval from the local Council in May and the current pre-submission consultation is your last opportunity to comment, before the plan is submitted to the Government for review in autumn 2015.


What is the District Plan?

The District Plan sets out the development strategy for Mid Sussex (outside of the South Downs National Park) and will be the main planning document used by the Council when considering planning applications.  It will cover the period to 2031 and includes the strategy, proposed level of development and a number of planning policies.

All Local and District Plans are developed within the context of both the Localism Act (2011), which introduced a ‘duty to cooperate’ on planning issues that cross administrative boundaries,  and the National Planning Policy Framework (2012) (NPPF), which highlights the role of the planning system in achieving and enabling sustainable development.


How can Plainview Planning add value?

We represent a number of landowners in the district and have been providing full planning support on a variety of schemes including:

  • A 40,000sqm distribution centre in Hickstead (see Local Plan representation here);
  • a development in East Grinstead;
  • housing sites in Ardingly and Crawley Down.

We will be following the progress of the Mid Sussex District Council closely and providing beneficial feedback to both our clients and the council, engaging actively in the plan making process.

We have recently been involved in the Local Plan process for Maldon, Horsham and Ashford, benefiting both the council and our clients with our considered analysis.

We also have a positive history of involvement in the plan making process and specialise in promoting land into Local Plans where we add value by:

  • coordinating your promotion efforts to make sure that the Council is provided with persuasive documentation about your site;
  • ensure that the right groups are lobbied at the right time to maximise chances of inclusion;
  • we monitor the status of Local Development Frameworks throughout the country and are well placed to guide you through the administrative and political process;
  • we can provide professional expertise and funding to effectively promote your land and our services can be provided on a joint-venture basis.

Our experience with land promotion projects is wide ranging and we have worked on many schemes including large sites in Burnham, Dover and North Fambridge. ( ).

It will be interesting to see the progress of the District Plan on this occasion, as the first plan created by the council was set back in December 2013 after the planning inspector said the blueprint failed to meet the Localism Act’s Duty to Co-operate.

We anticipate that the examination of the plan and supporting documentation will take place towards the end of 2015.

If you are considering development options for your home or site and how to promote these in your Local Plan then please contact to discuss your requirements.