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YOUR QUESTIONS ANSWERED - BURGESS HILL NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN REFERENDUM

Burgess Hill Town Council is seeking the support of all its residents to vote in favour of the Neighbourhood Plan at a referendum to be held on 10 December 2015. 
The Neighbourhood Plan is the blueprint for the development of Burgess Hill until 2031.  It reflects the views of residents having been developed through extensive consultation with residents over the past 3 years at ward level.  It can therefore be considered as the Community’s plan for the future of the Town.
The Neighbourhood plan aims to deliver civic and community facilities in the town centre, to protect and enhance existing open spaces and generally improve the residential environment.  It is a means to prevent unwanted future development and to encourage new approved opportunities for the community.  It will also limit housebuilding to the town centre, in place of the ageing factory units along Victoria Road and possibly the Leylands Park area.
Approval of the Neighbourhood Plan provides the framework against which future planning applications will have to be decided and provides the control for the Town’s future development.  
A planning application has been submitted by New River Retail to develop the Town Centre.  It is important to understand that this is separate from the Neighbourhood Plan and the Referendum.  A vote in favour of the Neighbourhood Plan is not a vote in favour of the New River Retail planning application, which will be considered under the normal planning process operated by the Local Planning Authority, Mid Sussex District Council.
Councillors are available to talk about the Neighbourhood Plan on Saturday 28 November and Saturday 5 December between 09.30 and 12.00 hours in the Help Point at 96 Church Walk, Burgess Hill.  They will also be in the Market Place Shopping Centre on Saturday 5 December between 10.00 and 16.00 hours.
To view the plan, call in at the Help Point on Church Walk, the Library in Martlets or view it online at www.burgesshill.gov.uk/neighbourhoodplan