Planning issues

The Neighbourhood Plan


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The Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012 came into effect on the 6th April 2012 and they provide for a relevant body to be designated for a particular area. In the case of Hurstpierpoint and Sayers Common the Parish Council has applied and is now the relevant designated body. The designated area it will cover will be the same as the area within the Parish boundary.


For our area the Mid Sussex District Council is the Planning Authority and all Neighbourhood Plans will be fed into it to form part of the District Plan.


The Neighbourhood Plan produced by the Parish Council, in consultation with all interested parties, will be submitted to the District Council to check for legal compliance and conformity with national and local policies. The District Council carries out a further 'pre-examination' public consultation. The District Council then appoints an independent and suitably qualified Examiner, who examines the Plan and the responses to the pre-examination consultation whereupon the Council will make any amendments recommended by the Examiner.


The Parish Council will then carry out a simple Yes or No referendum with the Parish electorate. If over 51% of the voters agree with the Plan the District Council will be required to take account of the Neighbourhood Plan. If there are less than 51% votes in favour then the Neighbourhood Plan fails and the District Council will then determine the planning outcome for Hurstpierpoint and Sayers Common.

To build or not to build


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An important part of Hurst Society's work is to make an objective appraisal of planning applications and give our recommendations to both the Parish Council and Mid Sussex District Council.


As the village expands we are concerned that new development is integrated comfortably into this downland village rather than concentrated in large estates.


We have joined forces with other groups to fight against large scale development on various sites.


We continually examine and comment on planning applications with a view to meeting both aesthetic and social needs, and we monitor environmental issues. We also take note of all planning applications as they are submitted but if you are concerned about an application, please let the Society know.

Mobile masts


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Hurst Society continues to campaign against the erection of mobile phone masts and their antennae as we believe these trans-receivers have no place in residential areas, nor should they intrude on the lovely views across open countryside.

Light pollution


Light pollution is a growing concern among environmentalists and we support their objections to this modern day visual pollutant. The horizon to the north of Hurstpierpoint in the evenings is shrouded in an orange glow.


The simple pleasure of a dark, unlit sky, unpolluted by florescent lighting, should be protected as a heritage for our children.