Project Description

Location: Hassocks – West Sussex
Project: Neighbourhood Planning

DOWSETTMAYHEW are instructed to provide Town Planning advice in support of the preparation of a Neighbourhood Plan within Mid Sussex District. The parish is positioned in a sensitive context, partly falling within the South Downs National Park and constrained by surrounding villages and urban areas. The Local Planning Authority are not currently able to demonstrate a five-year housing land supply, creating pressure for new housing within the Parish.

DOWSETTMAYHEW are advising on all aspects of the Plan preparation, providing expert advice at regular Working Group meetings and assisting in the production of supporting documentations and ensuring legal compliance.

This role encompasses assisting with stakeholder engagement exercises, including public presentations and exhibitions, attended by several hundred local residents in early 2015. DOWSETTMAYHEW are retained to provide direct support in the preparation of the Neighbourhood Plan including the suite of documents necessary to accompany the Plan. This includes a Sustainable Appraisal, including Environmental Impact Assessment, Basic Conditions Statement and Consultation Statement. The Plan preparation is to substantively take place during 2015.