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Findon Neighbourhood Plan

Findon Neighbourhood Plan

Findon Parish Council have prepared a Neighbourhood Development Plan for Findon. Details of the neighbourhood plan preparation are available at the Findon Parish Council website

The following stages and documents have been produced:

Statutory stage Further information & documents
Findon NDP – amended March 2020  A Local Planning Authority may make minor (non-material) updates to a NDP at any time, with the consent of qualifying body.  Findon Parish Council, as the qualifying body has prepared an updated Findon NDP to align with the adoption of the South Downs Local Plan.   The Modification Table sets out the updates made to the Findon NDP:

Plan Review

Independent Examination

The SDNPA appointed Mr Robert Bryan MRTPI as independent Examiner of the updated Findon 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.

 Plan Review

Publicising the Plan Proposal

Findon Parish Council submitted the Findon NDP Update 1 to the SDNPA for independent examination. Consultation on the submission version of the Neighbourhood Plan took place from Monday 22 July until Monday 16 September 2019.  The following documents were submitted as part of the consultation:

Background documents supporting the Neighbourhood Plan are available to view at the Findon Parish Council website.

The SDNPA undertook the following checks on the Findon NDP Update 1 submission documents:

The SDNPA response to the Regulation 16 consultation can be found here.

All representations received during this consultation  will be forwarded to the independent examiner.

Plan Review 2018

Pre-submission Consultation

Findon Parish Council carried out their Pre-Submission consultation on the updated Findon Neighbourhood Plan from 23 June  – 10 August 2018.  Further details are available on the Parish Council website

For full details of the SDNPA response to the updated Findon NDP, please visit the relevant planning committee pages here

Findon Neighbourhood Development Plan Review


Findon Parish Council as Qualifying Body for the preparation of the Findon Neighbourhood Plan have commenced a review and update of the ‘made’ Findon Neighbourhood Plan (NDP).

The Findon NDP was made on 13 September 2012. The Qualifying Body initiated the review and update of their Neighbourhood Plan in July 2017. For more information on the preparation of the updated Findon Neighbourhood Plan please see the Findon NDP website

Plan ‘made’ (adopted) 2016  The Findon 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 the 8 December  2016 has been made.

The Findon 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 13 September 2012.

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

  • South Downs Centre, North Street, Midhurst, GU29 9DH
  • Arun Civic Centre, Maltravers Road, Littlehampton, BN17 5LF
  • Bognor Regis Town Hall, Bognor Regis, West Sussex, PO21 1LD



A referendum was held on the Findon NDP on Thursday 3 November 2016. For more information on the referendum please visit the Arun District Council website.

The Referendum version of the Findon Neighbourhood Plan can be found here

There was a 25.5% turnout, with the following result:

  • Yes = 93.3% (388 votes)
  • No = 6% (25 votes)
Decision on a Plan Proposal On 8 September 2016, the SDNPA’s Planning Committee agreed the Decision Statement for the Findon NDP. This sets out the modifications that will be made to the plan in response to the Examiner’s modifications.

The Findon NDP has been modified accordingly and will proceed to referendum.

Independent Examination

The SDNPA has appointed Mr John Slater as the Independent Examiner of the Findon Neighbourhood Development Plan.  The Examiner will assess whether the Findon Neighbourhood Development Plan meets certain legal requirements, known as the ‘basic conditions’ and consider the representations made on the Findon Neighbourhood Development Plan.

The Examiner has now issued their final report, which the SDNPA will now consider and will issue a ‘Decision Statement’ in due course setting out the actions to be taken in response to the recommendations of the Examiner.

Examiners Report

In response to the representations made, Findon Parish Council have suggested some amendments to the Regulation 16 version of the Plan to be considered by the Examiner:

Publicising the Plan proposal The SDNPA published the submitted Findon NDP for consultation from 12 February  to 15 April 2016. The following documents were submitted for consultation

The SDNPA made the following representation on the Findon NDP

A summary of the other representations received from the submission (Regulation 16) consultation on the Findon NDP can be found here

Submission of Plan proposals Findon Parish Council submitted the Findon NDP and accompanying documents to the SDNPA on 12 February 2016. The following submission checklist has been completed by the SDNPA

Pre-submission consultation on the plan Findon Parish Council carried out a pre submission (Reg 14) consultation  from 16 September to 28 October 2015

Designated Neighbourhood Area The SDNPA designated the Findon Neighbourhood Area on 13 September 2012 following an application from Findon Parish Council.

Consultation on the proposed Neighbourhood Area A consultation on an application to designate Findon Neighbourhood Area was held from 15 June to 3 August 2012


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

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