Village Hall. This was the third public exhibition so far in the Neighbourhood Plan process and important as
considerations have changed with regard to how sites should be assessed and the number of proposed sites
has increased to fifteen.
The exhibition focused on “Sustainability” as set out by the National Planning Policy Framework i.e. the Economic, Environmental and Social benefits that could be achieved from individual sites. Display boards explained what this meant and how sustainability could be considered.
Essentially, an emphasis on a smaller number of homes per site, more centrally located around the village,
increases the chances of a site being considered “Sustainable”.The boards set out on a site-by-site analysis of the proposals put forward by developers and on the same page the proposals that the working group considered
were sustainable in terms of numbers of development given the above criteria.
The public was asked to score the sites on the same basis. The results are summarised in the graph above.
The conclusions of the exhibition were presented to Slinfold Parish Council on the 26th of November. The
Neighbourhood Plan Working Group were seeking approval to the following resolutions so that the drafting of
the plan could be completed and submitted to Horsham District Council for consideration. The Parish Council
1. that the Housing Need for Slinfold parish during the life of the Neighbourhood Plan will be in the range of 60 to
100 houses (including “windfall sites”) and recognises that there is a requirement to plan for the upper limit.
2. to support the sites proposed to be brought forward for development through the Neighbourhood Plan.
3. to support the proposed sites to be designated as green spaces in the Neighbourhood Plan.