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Thursday  19th July 2018


Dear Sir / Madam,

Following the Examination of the Slinfold Neighbourhood Plan and receipt of the Examiner’s report in January 2018, Horsham District Council (HDC) published its initial Decision Statement on 4 March 2018. Horsham District Council, in consultation with Slinfold Parish Council proposed some modifications to the draft Slinfold Neighbourhood Plan which differed from those made by the Examiner. In accordance with paragraph 13a of Schedule 4B of the 1990 Town and Country Planning Act, these were published for consultation between 16 March 2018 and 4 May 2018.

HDC has considered the representations submitted and has undertaken further Sustainability Appraisal work where appropriate. The Council has now published its final Decision Statement in accordance with Regulation 18 of the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012. Subject to a number of modifications to the plan, the Council considers that the plan meets the Basic Conditions, and the plan will therefore proceed the plan to referendum. This is scheduled Thursday 19 July 2018.


Copies of the documents including the Slinfold Neighbourhood Plan (June 2018), the Decision Statement (8 June 2018); Summary of Modification; Schedule of Representations submitted during the consultation; Examiner’s Report and the Information Statement are available to viewed by clicking on the following link:


Hard copies are available for inspection upon request (please contact: neighbourhood.planning@horsham.gov.uk) between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday at Horsham District Council offices; Parkside, Chart Way, North Street, Horsham, RH12 1RL and will be available at the following locations from the 11 June:

1. Slinfold Village Stores, The Street, Slinfold, West Sussex RH13 0RP open Monday to Friday 7am to 7pm. Saturday 8am to 7pm, Sunday 8am to 2pm

2. Horsham Library, Lower Tanbridge Way, Horsham RH12 1PJ open Monday to Friday: 9am to 7pm, Saturday: 9am to 5pm. Sunday: Closed


Residents of Slinfold Parish are eligible to participate in the referendum. Further details on the Referendum is set out in the Information Statement which you can view from the link above. If you have any other questions contact the neighbourhood planning team at Horsham District Council.

Yours faithfully,

Neighbourhood Planning Team

Telephone: 01403 215100

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CLICK HERE For the Parish Council's response to Horsham District Council's consultation on Modifications to the Plan   




Click here for the Examiners Report

" At a meeting to discuss the Examiners Report, Horsham District Council (HDC) outlined the position - this is their plan and they very much want to work with Slinfold Parish Council. There are 3 options:

1 Accept plan modifications, as is, and go to referendum.

2 Scrap the whole plan

3 Accept some but not all the modifications (Preferred option)

HDC is prepared to make changes but as a rule wanted to try and accept as many of the examiners recommendations as possible, otherwise the Plan might have to be re-examined with the risk a new examiner doesn't pass it.

In summary, the main issues are:

1 HDC do want to see numbers for sites. They will word numbers as "at least..." which gives a 10% tolerance

2 They want us to review the allocation on Hayes Lane as 15 is too low and we should review our rationale.

3 They do support the Examiners suggestion to remove the scout hut from Crosby farm. They do recommend we strengthen "The Cobblers" to include the scout hut explicitly.

4 They support the removal of end of West Way as a site and the consequent removal of the Central fields as Local Green Space. They will reference in their explanations that Central Fields will be picked up in a forthcoming Conservation Area review and they have prioritised Slinfold.

The process hereon is HDC publishes its explanation of the modifications and holds another 6 week consultation.  Then, 5 weeks later they make their decision to either go to referendum or go for re-examination. "

 More on the Slinfold Neighbourhood Plan follows

For full details of the plan and the examination process please click on the link below and scroll down till you reach the Slinfold plan.


Here you will find: -

Stage of Neighbourhood Development PlanConsultation DatesLink to DocumentsNeighbourhood Plan Designation Area Application
(Regulation 5 and 6)06 March 2014 - 17 April 2014Application Form

Designation Area MapNeighbourhood Plan Designation Area
(Regulation 7)N/AReport

Designation Area Map

Decision NoticePre Submission
(Regulation 14)25 April 2016 - 06 June 2016Draft PlanSubmission
(Regulation 15)

Publicising A Plan Proposal
(Regulation 16)11 Sept 2017 - 23 October 2017

Draft Plan

Schedule of Minor Amendments

Sustainability Appraisal/Strategic Environmental Assessment

Sustainability Appraisal/Strategic Environmental Assessment (non technical summary)

Consultation Statement

Consultation Statement Appendices 1-13

Consultation Statement Appendices 13-21

Basic Conditions Statement

Public Notice

Comment Form

Anti-Coalescence Gap Background Paper

Open Space and Local Green Space Background Paper

Site unit Assessment Background Paper

Scout Hut Background Paper

Letter from Examiner (7 November)

Summary of Representations Regulation 16 Consultation

Schedule of Representors

Examiner's Question (1-2 & 4)

Examiner's Question (1-2 & 4. Map)

Examiners Question (3)

- See more at: https://www.horsham.gov.uk/planning/neighbourhood-planning/parish-neighbourhood-plans#sthash.dfYqpupj.dpuf

 Click here to access the Slinfold Neighbourhood Plan website






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