Haywards Heath Neighbourhood Plan 'Our Bright Future'
Haywards Heath Town Council is delighted to introduce its Neighbourhood Plan 2014 - 2031
To view the Haywards Heath Neighbourhood Plan - please click here. Supporting documents can be found on the tabs to the left-hand side.
After four years in development Haywards Heath Town Council's Neighbourhood Plan (which include the whole Town and part of the Ansty and Staplefield Parish along Rocky Lane) was put forward for examination, to test whether it was in accordance with the strategic policies of Mid Sussex District Council's strategic planning documents and the National Planning Policy Framework, on the 21st July 2016. It was determined by the External Examiner ‘that the Neighbourhood Plan reflects the views of the community and sets out a clear vision and suite of policies and proposals for the Neighbourhood Area’. Following recommendations from the External Examiner, the Plan moved forward to referendum on the 1st December 2016 where is was overwhelming supported by those who voted with 90.1 % of those who voted saying YES. To this end, the Neighbourhood Plan was 'made' by Mid Sussex District Council as the Planning Authority at it's meeting of Full Council dated 14th December 2016. Subsequently, there was a six-week legal challenge, which has passed and now means that Neighbourhood Plan is now part if the Planning Framework with planning decisions being made in accordance with the document.
What is the Neighbourhood Plan?
In April 2012 local communities were given legal powers under the Localism Act 2011 to develop Neighbourhood Plans. Neighbourhood Planning is the government’s initiative of trying to empower local communities to help make and take forward planning proposals at a local level. The idea being that local people will drive and then help to shape how their local communities grow and develop over the next coming years. The Neighbourhood Plan was completely funded by a £20,000 grant for the Department for Communities and Local Government.
What is in the Haywards Heath Neighbourhood Plan:
The Plan is a plan for the town as a whole and part of Ansty. It provides a vision for the future of the town and sets out clear planning policies to realise this vision. These policies accord with higher level planning policy, as required by the Localism Act. It looks at a wide range of issues, including:
- Providing for a new Country Park, new Allotments, a new Cemetery, and a new School to be located off Hurstwood Lane.
- Protecting Clair Hall, the Dolphin Leisure Centre.
- Protecting Clair Park, Beech Hurst, Victoria Park, Muster Green, the Harlands School Playing fields and other established green areas within the Town.
- Allowing for the improvement of and enhancements to all aspects of the Town Centre.
- Allowing for the Bluebell Railway to arrive in Haywards Heath.
- Allowing for increased provision and facilities at St Francis Sports site.
- Providing housing for an ever growing population.
- It also holds policies on the Environment, Sustainable Travel, Transport and Business.