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Planning & Heritage

The Parish Council is currently working on the Neighbourhood Plan for Cuckfield

What is it ?

The Neighbourhood Plan is the opportunity for residents within the Cuckfield Parish to help determine the future of Cuckfield over the next 20 years. A community group led and funded by the Parish council has been working since September 2011 on developing such a plan.

The plan will allow residents in the community to determine future decisions which affect the development and growth of the village over the plan period of 20 years.

Key Questions to consider are:-

  • How much housing do we need and where is the best place for development?
  • What Infrastructure do we need?
  • How do we maintain the character and landscape which make’s Cuckfield distinctive?

Why do we need it?

The Neighbourhood Plan will be seen as a core document in determining future plans including development and infrastructure.

It is important to understand the Neighbourhood Plan while giving local people real power in local decisions, does have to conform to National and Regional policy, which we have to take into account. The plan will be inspected by a government inspector and then voted on by residents in a referendum. If accepted by a vote it will then carry real weight to determining future decisions. It is expected we will submit the plan to a community referendum sometime during 2013.

How?

Cuckfield was the first parish to start developing a Neighbourhood Plan in Mid Sussex and was granted Front Runner status with a financial grant to aid development of the plan. Other parishes and towns have since committed to develop a plan and are engaged in the same process.

An essential part of a Neighbourhood Plan, is that everyone is given the opportunity to be involved and have their say. We will be holding more events and activities for you to get involved , please see their website to stay up-to-date with the progress we are making.