Henfield Neighbourhood Plan adopted by district council

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Henfield’s neighbourhood plan has been adopted by Horsham District Council and will help to shape future developments in the area.

The plan, which sets out guidance in determining planning applications until 2030, was agreed as part of the council’s future development plan at a meeting on Wednesday April 27.

Council leader Ray Dawe thanked those who worked on the plan, which was unanimously agreed by councillors.

The formal adoption follows a village referendum in April, where 94.5 per cent of the 1533 residents who voted pledged their support for the neighbourhood plan.

Ray Osgood, chairman of the Henfield Neighbourhood Plan steering group, said: “The plan is the result of a great deal of hard work by many local residents and the parish council.

“Henfield people have risen to the challenge and proved, once more, what a close and united community they are.

“My thanks go to all those individuals and organisations that contributed to the success of the plan but particularly to my steering group colleagues who remained in post throughout such a long and demanding process, and the Henfield Parish Council staff who were totally supportive at all times.”

The Henfield Neighbourhood Plan states:

The plan seeks to preserve and improve the vibrant village centre as well as the rural nature of the parish: its fields, hedges and woods; the glorious views to the South Downs from our many Parish footpaths and bridleways; and the wildlife we are so fortunate to be able to see and enjoy. But the plan is also positive about the future and reflects how you think we need to attract younger families into the parish and to give older residents opportunities to remain living locally by downsizing. The plan therefore proposes small developments spread throughout the parish, primarily of modest-sized houses. We believe that the plan addresses all of the key issues expected to face Henfield in the next 20 years.”

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