The Government announced changes to the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) on Tuesday 20 July, without notice. These changes have significant implications on the Horsham District Local Plan.
Horsham District Council is now required to prepare a Local Plan detailing a 30-year vision.
The current draft Plan prepared under the previous requirements sets out planning policies and proposals to guide development up to 2038 only.
We have sought legal advice and it is clear that we will need to commission some additional work to support this new 30-year vision requirement. Consequently, we have been recommended to delay the development of the Local Plan.
Council meeting Wednesday 28 July -CANCELLED
This follows the Government’s announcement of changes to the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) on Tuesday 20 July. These changes have significant implications on the Horsham District Local Plan.
As a result of the changes required and the legal advice sought, it was announced last night that the meeting of full Council on Wednesday 28 July to approve the Regulation 19, Pre-Submission Horsham District Local Plan document, has been postponed.
Leader of the Council Cllr Paul Clarke said:
“This is hugely disappointing news. We have sought help from MHCLG to reduce our housing requirements without any substantive success. As a result we have worked hard to prepare a plan that would pass muster with a Planning Inspector in order to protect the District against speculative development.
“The Government consulted on the possible requirement for Local Plans to include a 30-year vision some months ago and we responded asking for guidance on how this could be evidenced. We received no feedback and had no advance warning of this substantive change in the NPPF.
Worse still, no guidance has been published alongside the changes to the NPPF to explain what Local Authorities need to do to meet this new requirement.
“Our legal advice is clear that we have no choice but to delay our Plan. “
The next steps
We are currently taking further advice on how we can best proceed with the Local Plan process to support this new 30-year vision requirement.
No decision has yet been made so we kindly ask that you please do not contact Horsham District Council in the next few days with further questions about this until we can find a clear way forward. As soon as we know more we will post news on our website, in the media and on social media. Thank you.