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Steyning Neighbourhood Plan

Steyning Neighbourhood Plan


Steyning Parish Council are preparing a Neighbourhood Development Plan for Steyning. Further details of the neighbourhood plan preparation are available at the Steyning Parish Council Website.

The following stages and documents have been completed:

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

The Steyning NDP complies with the legal requirements and basic conditions set out in the Localism Act 2011 and as a result of the SDNPA resolution on 8 September 2022 has been made.

Steyning NDP – Made Plan

The Steyning 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 23 March 2018.

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

  • South Downs Centre, North Street, Midhurst, GU29 9DH
  • Horsham District Council, Parkside, Chart Way, Horsham, West Sussex RH12 1RL
Referendum A referendum was held on the Steyning NDP on Thursday 14 July 2022.  There was a 20% turnout, with the following result:

  • Yes = 800 (89%)
  • No = 101 (11%)
Decision on a Plan proposal

On 01 June 2011 Horsham District Council published the Decision Statement for the Steyning NDP.  This sets out the modifications that will be made to the plan in response to the Examiner’s modifications.

The Steyning NDP has been modified accordingly and will  proceed to referendum on the 14 July 2022.

Independent Examination

Horsham District Council appointed Andrew Ashcroft as the independent Examiner of the Steyning NDP. The Examiner assessed whether the Steyning NDP meets certain legal requirements, known as the ‘basic conditions’ and considered representations made on the Steyning NDP.

The Examiner issued their final report in April 2022:

Examiner’s Report (Reg 18)

Regulation 16 Consultation Horsham District Council undertook the Regulation 16 consultation on the submission Steyning Neighbourhood Plan. The consultation ran for 8 weeks from 17 July to 11 September 2020.

The SDNPA made the following comments during the consultation:

Pre-submission consultation (Regulation 14) Steyning Parish Council undertook a pre-submission consultation on their draft Neighbourhood Plan from the  6th September to Friday 18th October 2019.

The SDNPA made the following comments in response to the consultation:

Designated Neighbourhood Area The SDNPA designated part of Steyning Neighbourhood Area on 23rd March 2018 following an application from Steyning Parish Council.

Application for neighbourhood planning area

Neighbourhood area applications set out the proposed area in which a parish or town council (or ‘neighbourhood forum’) intend to use the neighbourhood planning powers arising from the Localism Act.

Parish of Steyning, Horsham

Horsham DC and the South Downs National Park Authority has received an application from Steyning Parish Council for a neighbourhood area to be designated.

Please find the application letter and map submitted below:


"The Downs...too much for one pair of eyes, enough to float a whole population in happiness."