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Bury Neighbourhood Plan

Bury Neighbourhood Plan

Bury Parish Council are preparing a Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP) for Bury. Further details of the neighbourhood plan preparation are available at the Bury Parish Council website.

The following stages and documents have been completed:

Statutory stage Further information & documents
Plan ‘made’ (adopted)

The Bury NDP (Submission Plan incorporating the Examiner’s modifications and all modifications as per the SDNPA Decision Statement) complies with the legal requirements and basic conditions set out in the Localism Act 2011 and as a result of the SDNPA Planning Committee resolution on 12 April 2018 has been made.

Bury Neighbourhood Plan – Made Plan

The Bury NDP is a part of the Development Plan of the SDNPA Local Planning Authority area as defined by the Neighbourhood Area Designation by the SDNPA on 12 December 2015.

The made Bury NDP can be viewed at the following location:

South Downs Centre, North Street, Midhurst, GU29 9DH


The Bury NDP has been modified in accordance with the Decision Statement.

On Thursday 1 March 2018 there will be a Referendum on a neighbourhood development plan in the Bury parish area.

The Referendum version of the Neighbourhood Plan can be viewed here:

Bury Neighbourhood Plan – Referendum Version

Further details of the Referendum can be viewed on the Chichester District Council website and in the Information for Voters document set out below.

Bury Parish NP Information for Voters

Decision on a Plan – Final Decision Statement

The period for submitting representations on the proposed decision statement for the Bury NDP has now closed.

No objections were received to the proposed minor variations to the Examiners Recommendations. The representation from Historic England supported the retention of the designation of the Wharf and Common Land as a Parish Heritage Asset – BNDP Policy 8.

The Final Decision Statement is therefore published. This sets out the modifications that will be made to the plan in response to the Examiners recommendations.

Bury NDP Decision Statement

The Bury NDP will be modified accordingly and will proceed to referendum on the 1st March 2018.

Proposed Decision Statement

On 17th November 2017, the SDNPA agreed the Proposed Decision Statement for the Bury NDP.

Proposed Decision Statement

The Decision Statement accepts all the modifications set out in the Examiner’s report apart from two minor variations from the Examiner’s recommendations. These are:

  • Minor variation to the wording BNDP Policy 3 – Allocation for New housing to allow for greater flexibility in how the site comes forward
  • To retain the designation of the Wharf and Common Land as a Parish Heritage Asset – BNDP Policy 8.

Under the Neighbourhood Planning (General) regulations 2012 (as amended), if the Local Planning Authority proposes to make a decision which differs from that recommended by the Examiner, it must notify the: qualifying body, consultation bodies and those that made representations to the Examiner; of their proposed decision (and the reason for it) and invite representations on the variations.

The closing date for representation is Friday 12th January 2018.

Independent Examination The SDNPA appointed John Slater MRTPI as independent Examiner of the Bury NDP. The Examiner has now issued his final report, which the SDNPA will consider. A ‘Decision Statement’ will be prepared shortly setting out the actions to be taken in response to the recommendations of the Examiner.

Documents Produced during the Bury Neighbourhood Plan Examination

During the Examination of the Bury Neighbourhood Development Plan, the Independent Examiner (Mr John Slater) has requested further information to enable him to carry out the Examination. His email in respect to this is set out below and relates to further information to support the designation of a number of parish heritage assets.

Examiner Mr John Slater’s email request to Bury Parish Council

Bury Parish Council’s response to this request is set out in the following documents.

Bury Parish Council’s Response to Mr Slater 10/10/2017

Bury Parish Council’s suggested alternative text for paras 6.13 – 6.15 and BNDP Policy 8

Publicising the Plan proposal

The SDNPA has published the submitted Bury NDP for consultation in accordance with Part 5 of the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012.

The consultation will run from Wednesday 12 July to Wednesday 23 August 2017.

Representations made on the Bury NDP will be considered by an independent examiner who will assess whether the NDP meets certain legal requirements, known as the ‘basic conditions’. This making a representation guidance note provides further information on the basic conditions and the next steps for the Bury NDP.

The following documents were submitted for consultation:

The following evidence base has been developed by the NDP group:

Hard copies of the Bury NDP and supporting documents are available to view at:

  • Bury Village Hall, The Street, Bury, RH20 1PA
  • South Downs National Park Authority, South Downs Centre, North Street, Midhurst, West Sussex, GU29 9DH.

Comments on the Bury NDP and supporting documents should be made to the SDNPA at neighbourhood@southdowns.gov.uk or in writing to:

Neighbourhood Planning
South Downs National Park Authority
South Downs Centre
North Street
GU29 9DH

The SDNPA has undertaken the following checks on the Bury NDP submission documents:

Pre-submission consultation on the plan Bury Parish Council carried out their pre-submission consultation from Saturday 12 November 2016 until midnight Saturday 24 December 2016.

A range of supporting documents were published in support the Bury NDP Pre Submission consultation, you can find these documents at Bury’s NDP webpage.

Designated Neighbourhood Area The SDNPA designated the Bury Neighbourhood Area on 12 December 2015 following an application from Bury Parish Council

Consultation on the proposed Neighbourhood Area A consultation on an application to designate Bury Neighbourhood Area was held from 9 September to 21 October 2015


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

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