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Aldingbourne Neighbourhood Plan

Aldingbourne Neighbourhood Plan

Aldingbourne Parish Council has prepared a Neighbourhood Development Plan for Aldingbourne .  Further details of the neighbourhood plan preparation are available at the Aldingbourne Parish Council website.

The following stages and documents have been completed:

Statutory stage Further information & documents
The 2020 NDP Review Aldingbourne Parish Council (APC) sought to modify the made Aldingbourne NDP in 2020 to bring it in line with the Adopted Arun Local Plan (2018).  In doing so the following was carried out:

  • Reg14 pre-submission consultation between 01 September and 09 October 2020.
  • Reg16 submission consultation between 04 February and 01 April 2021.
  • Independent examination followed by the Examiner’s Final Report in May 2021; and
  • A decision statement was agreed by Arun District Council (ADC) in June 2021.

Further information can be found on the Arun District Council website.

The revised Aldingbourne NDP allocates one site for new homes outside the National Park.  In addition, the modifications cover, but are not limited to: affordable homes, green infrastructure and ecosystem services, protection of watercourses, non-designated heritage assets, and the protection of bat habitats.  Whilst the amendments do not affect policy relating to land in the National Park, it is notable that additional evidence was compiled to support a policy on protected biodiversity corridors which seeks to improve biodiversity in the parish and provide important connections with the National Park.

The appointed examiner concluded that the proposed modifications (whilst in most cases “material”) were not so significant or substantial as to change the nature of the plan, and so recommended that the revised Aldingbourne NDP be made subject to his modifications.  The examiner’s modifications were made and the revised Aldingbourne NDP, as a result in the SDNPA resolution on 12 August 2021, has been made.

Plan ‘made’ (adopted) The Aldingbourne NDP – i.e., the Submission Plan incorporating the Examiner’s modifications as per the Decision Statement – complies with the legal requirements and basic conditions set out in the Localism Act 2011 and, as a result of the SDNPA resolution on 08 December 2016, has been made.

The made Aldingbourne NDP is a part of the Development Plan for the South Downs National Park Authority (SDNPA) area of the parish as defined by the Neighbourhood Area designated by the SDNPA on 07 November 2013.

The made Aldingbourne NDP can be viewed at the following locations:

  • South Downs Centre, North Street, Midhurst, West Sussex, GU29 9DH.
  • Arun Civic Centre, Maltravers Road, Little Hampton, West Sussex, BN17 5LF.

A referendum was held on the Aldingbourne NDP on 18 October 2016.

For more information on the referendum visit the Arun District Council Referendum pages

There was a 23.99% turnout, with the following results

  • Yes = 93.48% (674 votes)
  • No = 6.52% (47 votes)
Decision Statement In September 2016, Arun District Council (ADC) published the Decision Statement for the Aldingbourne NDP.  This sets out the changes that were made to the plan in response to the Examiner’s modifications.

The Aldingbourne NDP was modified accordingly and proceeded to referendum.

Independent Examination Arun District Council (ADC) appointed Mr John Slater as the Independent Examiner of the Aldingbourne NDP.  The Examiner published their final report in August 2016.

Regulation 16 – Submission consultation Arun District Council (ADC) published the submitted Aldingbourne Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP) for consultation between 08 June to 20 July 2016.  Further information, including the accompanying documents, can be found on the Arun District Council website.

Regulation 14 – Pre-submission consultation

Aldingbourne Parish Council (APC) carried out a pre-submission consultation on the Draft Aldingbourne Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP) between 03 February and 16 March 2016. 

For further details, please see the Arun District Council website.

Submission of Plan Proposals

Aldingbourne Parish Council (APC) submitted the Aldingbourne Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP), and its accompanying documents, to Arun District Council (ADC). 

However, the Submission version of the plan was not considered suitable for referendum by the Independent Examiner.

Regulation 14 – Pre-submission consultation Aldingbourne Parish Council (APC) carried out a pre-submission consultation on the Draft Aldingbourne Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP) between 03 February and 16 March 2015.

Designated Neighbourhood Area The SDNPA and Arun District Council (ADC) designated the Aldingbourne Neighbourhood Area on 07 November 2013 following an application from Aldingbourne Parish Council. 

Proposed Neighbourhood Area A consultation on an application to designate the Aldingbourne Neighbourhood Area was held from 17 June to 29 July 2013.


For further information please contact neighbourhood@southdowns.gov.uk

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