Introduction and Background

A Neighbourhood Plan is a mechanism for helping communities, including residents and businesses, to influence the planning of the area in which they live and work.

All Parishes within the HDC area come under the Horsham District Planning Framework and 23 of them are already involved in the process giving 80% coverage. Parishes that do not have a robust Neighbourhood Plan may have their plans challenged and could have houses allocated to their area.

Areas that can be covered include:

  • Developing a shared vision for the Parish
  • Proposing where homes, shops, offices and other developments should be built.
  • Influencing the location, type, design and density of new buildings.
  • Aligning any developments with the local Infrastructure, such as Schools and Medical services.
  • Road layout and traffic, proposing Pavements, footpaths and cycleways
  • Protection and Enhancement of green spaces and amenities.
  • Environmental aspects such as air quality, noise and cleanliness
  • Employment and the local economic structure.

The Neighbourhood Plan will be based on the feedback from residents so that it reflects the needs of the Community and balances those with the needs of the District and County Councils.

A Neighbourhood Plan cannot require bodies outside its control to make policy changes.

What has happened so far

Surveys were conducted at the Cowfold Village Fairs held in July 2016 and 2017. The results are summarised here.

These were used to design a more detailed questionnaire and to provide the basis for our draft Vision and Objectives. This combined document was distributed to every dwelling in the Parish in late October and early November 2017. The results are presented on this website here.

The next steps

The results of the October 2017 questionnaire indicated that about 70% of respondents were in agreement with the draft Vision and Objectives. Where appropriate, the feedback received was used to update and finalise the Vision and the Objectives, which now form part of the Neighbourhood Plan. These are presented here.

We have started the Call for Sites process. This has been published in the County Times and on the website here. The closing date for replies is 5 January 2018. We have an obligation to consider any site put forward and encourage landowners and agents to bring forward any sites that they wish to be considered. These sites will then be assessed as part of the preparation for the Cowfold Neighbourhood Plan. The results of this assessment will be shared with the Community at a public exhibition and meeting and the responses received will form part of the evidence used to finalise the proposals.

The next step is to take the views expressed in the completed questionnaires and expressed in our Vision and Objectives to formulate our Policy Aspirations. After scrutiny and careful drafting these will form the basis of the Plan Policies.


If you have any comments, either on the overall process or on the results of the latest questionnaire, please complete complete the comments form here.