Fittleworth Neighbourhood Development Plan

 Fittleworth’s Neighbourhood Development Plan has made steady progress through 2019. Landmark events are listed below, but we can now put the Plan forward to a Referendum at which every elector in the parish can give their verdict.

The date set for the Referendum is:

Thursday 7th November 2019

Electors registered in Fittleworth Parish will have received a poll card showing that they can vote at the Sports Pavilion next to the Village Hall between 7am and 10pm on that day.

The referendum version of the Plan, and up to date versions of all supporting documents, can be accessed below. Printed versions are available to read in St Mary’s Church, Fittleworth, and in Fittleworth Stores.

If you have questions about the Plan, please contact any member of the steering group: Shelagh Morgan, Charles Clark, Adrian Webb, Mike Allin, or me.

It has taken nearly five years for us to reach this stage. Significant landmarks have been:

– November 2014 – public meeting which agreed that we should develop a Neighbourhood Plan; Steering Group established
– June 2015 – Housing Survey
– October 2015 – presentation in Village Hall seeking views on what the Plan should seek to implement
– Decision by SDNPA that we should conduct a Sustainability Appraisal and Habitat Regulations Assessment
– Development of Pre-Submission version of Plan
– January 2018 – public presentation in Village Hall at start of 6 week consultation period
– March to May 2018 – evaluation of representations made, implementing changes
– Late 2018 – emergence of conflict between European regulations for protecting habitats and the Neighbourhood Plan rules (Sweetman case). Significant changes to Plan and Appendices implemented

– January 2019 – approval of Submission version of Plan by Parish Council, and submission to South Downs National Park Authority

– February to March 2019 – 6 week consultation process organised by South Downs. Approval by South Downs planning committee to go forward to Independent Examiner

– April 2019 – Independent Examiner considers Plan and recommends (final report 3rd July 2019) that subject to specified amendments, the Plan can go forward to a referendum. Examiner’s report and recommendation accepted by South Downs planning committee (12th September 2019)

If you have any questions about the process, write to me at chriswelfare@btinternet.com