Neighbourhood Plan

Current Status:

Ashington Parish Council has appointed Navigus Planning Ltd as its Planning Consultant. Chris Bowden will assist the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group on its journey towards a draft Neighbourhood Plan.

The Parish Council commissioned a Housing Needs Assessment for Ashington in early March 2017. The draft report has been sent to Horsham District Council and a formal response has now been received. The final document is now available: Ashington Housing Needs Assessment, final, July 2017

HDC has advised that “As Ashington’s NP is looking to undertake site allocations there is an assumption you will be required to undertake a SEA as part of the plan making process. HDC has a standard screening opinion on our website and a guidance note”.  Website documents: SA_SEA-Guidance-Note-2015 and HDC Standard-Screening-Response- Based on this information our Planning Consultant will begin work on the Scoping Report in July 2017.


We have drafted an ‘Assets and Treasures’ report detailing all of the important infrastructure in the Parish. A copy can be read here: Assets & Treasures 2017 v3a. This was approved by the Steering Group on 19th June 2017. If anyone has any comments please get in touch.

The draft State of the Parish Report was approved by the Steering Group on 19th June 2017 and version 2a has had some minor wording amendments: State of the Parish Report 2017 v4a

The Steering Group held a Visioning workshop on 4th July, details on the Steering Group page.

Last Steering Group meeting was 19th June – draft Minutes are on the Steering Group page.

Part 1 Site Assessment decisions have been made:

Rejected because of their isolation from the BUAB – Sites 3,7, 18, 21, 25

Rejected as the owner/agent has failed to respond to our Part1 site assessment correspondence – Sites 20, 24. Site 14 was originally rejected but contact has been re-established and paperwork completed.

UPDATE JULY 2017: Site 19 has secured planning permission (DC/16/2049), Site 17 has been withdrawn as planning permission refusal (DC/16/2235) was overturned on Appeal. Therefore,  17 sites will be taken forward to Part 2 Site Assessment: 8 are at least partly within the BUAB (Sites 1,11,12,13,14,15,23,26); 6 are abutting the BUAB (Sites 4,5,6,10,16,22); 3 are proposing business uses (associated with an existing business or adjacent to a business park, Sites 2,8,9).

Progress to Part 2 is NOT an allocation of sites – just an indication that we want more information on proposals that meet Community and Housing Needs.

An updated project plan has been produced – there has been some slippage due to a number of reasons but it is still expected that a Draft Neighbourhood Plan will be produced by the end of 2017 PROJECT PLAN December 2016

Status of Neighbourhood Plans: following the recent overturn by the High Court of Henfield’s Neighbourhood Plan it has been decided to hold a full review of the work done to date on the Ashington Neighbourhood Plan to make sure it has all been done comprehensively and that our Call for Sites and site assessment/selection strategy is acceptable. This may lead to some delay with progress. A new Neighbourhood Plan Officer has been recruited by HDC and has met with the Neighbourhood Plan Clerk & member of the Steering Group and a summary of the meeting is available Meeting with HDC 9th January 2017.

Community Consultation: is well underway. A detailed Survey is being produced based on information gathered from many open events, general surveys, drop-in sessions, feedback from community groups, focus groups etc. A Business Survey was undertaken in November 2016: business-survey-summary-dec-2016, a Young Persons survey is being drafted. The results of all surveys will be used to produce a State of the Parish report. It is anticipated that the detailed survey will be distributed in February 2017.

Call for sites: A total of 26 sites will be considered within the Neighbourhood Plan. A list of sites can be seen here: site-submissions-23rd-november-2016

Part 1 Site Assessment Decisions Update July 2017

Maps of sites: 

Ashington Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group recently agreed upon a two part ‘Site Assessment’ process for all those sites submitted for consideration in the Neighbourhood Plan.
Part 1 will assess basic compliance with HDC’s HDPF site-selection-criteria-part-1-november-2016
Part 2 will assess details of development proposals and how they will benefit Ashington. site-selection-criteria-part-2-november-2016

Only those sites passing Part 1 will be taken forward for Part 2 assessment. We appreciate that we have not yet completed our State of the Parish report so our community needs are not yet documented. Part 2 assessment is reliant upon our State of the Parish Report so will take place once we have completed this work.

Focus Group work has now begun. A SWOT analysis has been completed and the results will be used to develop a detailed village survey.focus-group-swot-analysis-sept-2016

A General Summary of the SWOT analysis can be seen here. This gives a more ‘broad-brush’ picture of what residents consider to be the main Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats in Ashington. swot-analysis-summary

The results of the General Village Survey have been analysed. We have separated the raw data out into our 5 Focus Group headings to allow for easier analysis and each can be viewed here: Community MattersEconomy and BusinessEnvironmentPlanningTransport and produced a headline summary which can be viewed here: Summary of Results v1.

A Community Profile of Ashington is now available and will be used to identify key parish statistics appropriate for consideration in the Neighbourhood Plan. RuralPlaceProfile_E04009948_Ashington

Karen Dare is the Neighbourhood Plan Clerk, supporting the work of the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Committee and Focus Groups.

A draft Project Plan has been produced:  DRAFT PROJECT PLAN December 2015. As of 14th October the Community Consultation period is running behind schedule due to the difficulty recruiting Focus Group members and delayed Focus Group start over the summer holiday period. However, the Call for Sites work is on schedule.

A Frequently Asked Questions document on Neighbourhood Plans has been produced FAQ September 2016

If you want to join the Neighbourhood Plan teams or want to get in touch with us then use the Contact Form below.


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