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Chanctonbury Local Committee
Next meeting is:  Wednesday 11th March, 2020 at 7pm.New venue: Thakeham Village Hall, Abingworth Crescent, Thakeham, RH20 3GW

Click here for details and email address to submit questions to your County Councillor ahead of the meeting.  

Parish Councillor Vacancies
There are vacancies for co-option on the Parish Council: 1 on the WashingtonWard and 2 on the Heath Common Ward. If you are interested in
becoming a councillor, please contact the Clerk for an application form on: 
 0777 6771921;email: clerk@washingtonparish.org.uk. 
Please click here for details

For immediate release: 11 February 2020

Public consultation starts on the draft Horsham District Local Plan 2019-2036


Horsham District Council is currently preparing a new Local Plan which will guide future developments in the Horsham District until 2036. The public are encouraged to have their say on the draft Local Plan during the public consultation from 17 February to 30 March. 

The Government requires all local planning authorities to build a significant number of new homes in the coming years.  This will present considerable challenges for the Council. A  Horsham District Local Plan will seek to show how the District will deliver new homes while seeking to minimise the effect on the environment and landscape. The Plan will also support the delivery of community infrastructure, transport links and opportunities for local jobs.

The full Draft Local Plan is on the Council’s website from 17 February 2020 at www.horsham.gov.uk/localplanreviewCopies of the Draft Local Plan can also be viewed at the Council’s offices, Parkside, Chart Way, Horsham, RH12 1RL and in all District libraries during normal opening hours. A summary exhibition about the Draft Local Plan will also be available to view in Horsham Library between 6 and 30 March.

The Council is running a series of drop-in sessions across the District to enable residents to see a summary of the proposed options and raise any questions with the Council’s Planning team.

The drop-in sessions are detailed below:

17 February: Billingshurst Centre, Roman Way, Billingshurst, West Sussex RH14 9QW: 4 – 8pm

20 February: Ashington Scout Hall, Church Lane, Ashington, RH20 3JX: 4 – 8pm

25 February: Henfield Village Hall, Coopers Way, Henfield BN5 9DB: 4 – 8pm

29 February: Swan Walk Shopping Centre, Horsham RH12 1HQ: 10am – 4pm

3 March:       Ifield West Community Centre, 1A Dobbins Pl, Crawley RH11 0SZ: 4 – 8pm

4 March:       Beeson House, 26 Lintot Square, Southwater, Horsham RH13 9LA: 4 – 8pm.

Those who wish to receive updates, comment on the plan and give their feedback during the first consultation stage on the first complete draft of the Local Plan will need to register at www.horsham.gov.uk/localplanreview. All responses should be made on the official form and returned by 5pm on Monday 30 March 2020. 

Horsham District Council Cabinet Member for Planning and Development Cllr Claire Vickers said:

 “I am really pleased that we have now reached the stage where we can start our public consultation. The Government has instructed all local authorities to build a significantly higher number of new homes in the coming years.

“I do not underestimate the difficulty of this task, but if we are to have a new Local Plan ready for adoption in 2021 we need to work to a timetable and this consultation is part of that process.

“I urge everyone to read the consultation document and to give us your views.”


Have Your Say on West Sussex Soft Sand Review
A revised soft sand strategy for West Sussex has been published.  Stakeholders and members of the public are being asked for their representations on the soundness and legal and procedural compliance of the review, from Monday January 6 to Monday March 2, 2020. Please click here for details 

Keeping Your Home Warm This Winter
Click here for details of the Government's Warm Home Discount Scheme.More information is available at www.gov.uk/the-warm-home-discount-scheme, or by calling the Warm Home Discount team on 0800 731 0214 

Bin collection timetable
For a schedule of Horsham District Council recycling and general waste collection dates in the parish, please click here. The changes were rolled out in February 2018 to help the district recycle more.

Longbury Hill Wood
Tree felling of the Scots Pine plantation at Longbury Hill Wood, Rock Road, Storrington (Washington Parish) is completed. The harvesting will include re-planting and was approved by the Forestry Commission under felling licence to the English Woodlands Forestry, Ref: FLA019/180/17-18. 

Details of the approved planning application DC/17/2117 for a related access and loading bay area is available on the Horsham District Council Planning Portal at www.horsham.gov.uk

Heath Common Village Design Statement
The current Heath Common Village Design Statement is adopted. Please click on the following link 'Heath Common Design Statement' for further information and the adopted document.