Horsham District Planning Framework To Be Independently Examined

HDC LogoHorsham District Council’s Planning Framework (HDPF) has been submitted to the Planning Inspectorate for an independent examination.

The Secretary of State has appointed Mr Geoff Salter BA MRTPI, an inspector from the Planning Inspectorate, to conduct the independent public examination into the soundness of the Horsham Local Plan. The Examination will start towards the end of this year and is likely to take around three weeks.   If the document is agreed by the Planning Inspector, it is anticipated that the Horsham District Planning Framework will be adopted by the Council in April 2015.

A number of documents have been passed to the Planning Inspector. These include the Horsham District Planning Framework together with all 3073 representations in full and a summary of the main issues raised during a period of public consultation. Other accompanying documents include a sustainability appraisal, a policies map and a statement of consultation. The council isn’t able to make changes to the plan in response to the comments received, but it is recommending some minor amendments for the inspector’s consideration.

Copies of all representations made in relation to the Horsham District Planning Framework are available to view at http://horsham.limehouse.co.uk/portal/planning/hdpf_1/hdpf_prop_sub.

Further information about and details relating to the examination process will be made available online at www.horsham.gov.uk and sent to those who responded to the consultation processes of the Horsham District Planning Framework.

Hard copies of the submission documents for the Horsham District Planning Framework are also available to view at Horsham District Council, Park North, North Street, Horsham, West Sussex, RH12 1RL at the following times: Monday to Thursday: 8.45am to 5.20pm; Friday: 8.45am to 4.20pm.

An independent programme officer has been appointed to represent the planning inspector. The programme officer is responsible for managing the day to day arrangements of the examination process before and during the period of the examination, recording all documents submitted, arranging for inspection of sites by the inspector and dealing with correspondence on his behalf to those who have made representations, including requests for and exchange of all statements. This will include any communication or correspondence between the inspector and the council. The Programme Officer can be contacted at bankssolutionsuk@gmail.com

Cabinet Member for Living and Working Communities, Claire Vickers said: “This is the most important planning document that the council has produced in recent years. It has obliged us to look at how we are to provide homes and jobs both now and into the future and maintain economic prosperity for our District. It will also put us in a much stronger position to control the location and extent of development and resist planning appeals by developers.

“Given the extent of such a plan it is understandable that there have been some very passionate responses to parts of it. The plan along with consultation comments now goes to a Government inspector who will go through every aspect of it and ensure we have met all the requirements of Government policy and guidance.”