The Neighbourhood Plan is part of the Localism Act and provides a unique opportunity for communities to plan the area in which they live, work and spend leisure time. It is a work in progress and looks at land within the existing built up boundary of Burgess Hill. There is a Town Wide Strategy which has been adopted which can be accessed by clicking on the Town Wide Strategy link.
To prepare the Neighbourhood Plan, during 2012, Town Councillors met with individual residents, approached local groups and held a number of ward meetings with their residents to gather views and ideas. An online questionnaire was also available for residents to express their views.
On 17 November 2012, a Neighbourhood Plan Drop In Session and Exhibition was held in the Martlets Hall to give feedback on work done so far and to provide a further opportunity to comment. The session covered What is and why have a Neighbourhood Plan and the current process as envisaged by Government.
More recently, an exhibition was held on Saturday 2 March 2013 in the Sheldrake Room at Martlets Hall, where residents were given a futher opportunity to give feedback on work done so far, in particular, the work done on the four study areas. These comprise Leylands Park, Victoria Road area, the Town Centre and Keymer Tile Works. The exhibition also considered cross town issues such as car parking and community transport.
The Neighbourhood Plan is now being written and there will be a 6 week statutory consulation period on the Draft Plan in due course. Details of the consultation will be published on our website, on the 18 Notice Boards around the Town, in the Help Point and in the Press. If you would like to be notified of the 6 week consultation period please register your email or home address with the Help Point at 96 Church Walk, by phoning 01444 238206 or via email@example.com.
In conjunction with obtaining feedback from residents in regard to the Neighbourhood Plan, the process must also include a report in regard to the Sustainability Appraisal, information about this process can be found by clicking on the following Sustainability Appraisal link.
Designation of Neighbourhood Plan Area
As required by Part 2 of the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012 The Neighbourhood Plan Area has been approved by Mid Sussex District Council and can be viewed on www.midsussex.gov.uk/8607.htm