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Welcome to the home of the Cuckfield Neighbourhood Plan
Proceeding to Referendum.
Cuckfield Parish Council and the Neighbourhood Plan team are pleased to announce that following examination by an independently appointed Examiner; the Cuckfield Neighbourhood Plan can now proceed to a public referendum. Neighbourhood planning allows local people under the Government’s Localism Bill 2011 to develop a statutory plan which will help determine the future of the Cuckfield Plan area and will be used in assessing planning applications in the area over the next 20 years.
If there are more than 50% of the votes cast in favour, it then becomes part of the Development Plan for the area and a statutory consideration in determining planning applications.
We are expecting the date for the referendum to be Thursday 24th July 2014 and this will be confirmed shortly. There will be additional communication and information once the referendum is announced.
The key themes and policies for the Plan aim to:-
- Identify sites which will bring forward new market housing and affordable homes.
- Ensure Cuckfield retains its distinctive character and setting between the High Weald AONB, South Downs and neighbouring settlements.
- Protect the village centres of Cuckfield and Whitemans Green.
- Provide identified infrastructure and allow expansion for both schools, whilst taking into account the environment and ecology.
- Ensure the health and well-being of residents and seek to allocate and protect open space, community buildings and essential services
Please use the web site to stay in touch with the latest development, along with our social media interaction.
What is it?
The Neighbourhood Plan is the opportunity for residents within the Cuckfield Parish to help determine the future of Cuckfield over the next 20 years. A community group led and funded by the Parish Council, has been working since September 2011 on developing such a plan.
Cuckfield was appointed as a Front Runner for Neighbourhood Planning in 2012 and only a small number of Town and Parish councils in England have progressed to the stage of a public referendum.
It is important to understand the Neighbourhood Plan, while giving local people real power in local planning decisions, it does have to conform to National and Regional policy.
Key questions we have considered are:-
- How much housing do we need and where is the best capacity for development?
- What Infrastructure do we need?
- How do we maintain the character and landscape which makes Cuckfield distinctive?
Cuckfield was the first Parish to start developing a Neighbourhood Plan in Mid Sussex and was granted government Front Runner status with a financial grant to aid development of the plan. Other Parishes and Towns have since committed to develop a plan and are engaged in the same process.
An essential part for a Neighbourhood Plan is that everyone is given the opportunity to be involved and have their say. We have held multiple consultation events and activities which have informed the policies and approach for the plan.
We have been working for 2 years preparing the required stages to prepare a plan, you will find the plan and evidence on this web site.