Draft District Plan is published for final comments
Mid Sussex District Council has formally published its draft District Plan and residents now have one final chance to comment before the document is sent to Central Government for examination.
Date for Final Comments is 17th June
The Draft District Plan was unanimously agreed by Mid Sussex District Council on 20 March 2013 and has been published ahead of submission to Central Government.
The Government is required to examine all major strategic planning documents before they are formally adopted by the local planning authority. Mid Sussex District Council intends to submit its draft District Plan for examination in August 2013 and any comments submitted by the public before 17 June will be included for consideration.
The role of the District Plan is to provide strategic planning guidance on what, where, when and how development will take place in Mid Sussex over the next 20 years. The Council’s draft District Plan has been prepared with the help of the Town and Parish Councils in Mid Sussex so that it reflects the views of the local communities and meets the needs of local residents and businesses, whilst protecting the character of local towns, villages and the countryside of Mid Sussex.
In 2011/12, Mid Sussex District Council carried out extensive consultation work with the local community during the development of the draft District Plan to make sure that residents had the chance to have their say on the future of the District. Now the plan has been finalised and published, residents have one final chance to comment before the document is sent to the Government for examination.
“It has been a long journey but I am delighted that we are now in a position to formally publish our draft District Plan,” said Councillor Gary Marsh, Cabinet Member for Planning.
“The coalition government announced back in 2010 that they would be removing the unwanted and unnecessary house building targets that required 17,100 homes to be built in Mid Sussex over the next 20 years. We responded quickly to the news, starting work on a new District Plan that significantly reduces the number of houses to be built in Mid Sussex compared to the South East Plan, supports the local economy and helps to make our communities more self-sufficient.
“We had to wait until February 2013 for the South East Plan to be formally revoked before we could publish our new plans but, now we have, it will only be a matter of weeks before we submit our draft District Plan to Central Government for examination. This is a really exciting time because, once adopted, our District Plan will give our local communities a greater say in the future of their area and will help us to protect our District from unwanted housing development.
“We now have a public consultation period to allow all residents to submit their final comments on our District Plan. I urge everyone with an interest in the future of our area to do so because every comment will be passed on to the Government when our District Plan goes for examination.”