The Arundel Neighbourhood Plan Steering committee is updating the 2014 Neighbourhood Plan sponsored by the Town Council.


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The Localism Act brought into force by the Government in 2011 and subsequent Acts (including the 2016 Housing and Planning Act) attempt to devolve more powers to local areas. As part of this Town and Parish Councils and properly constituted Community Groups can now produce Neighbourhood Plans .


The Arundel Neighbourhood Plan Steering committee is updating the 2014 Neighbourhood Plan sponsored by the Town Council as the 'relevant body' under the regulations, with decisions delegated to the Steering Committee.


This will let local people have a further say in how Arundel is going to develop over the next 20 years or so. 

Neighbourhood plans play an important role in deciding whether planning applications should be approved or refused. The Arundel Neighbourhood Plan was one of the first in England. It was prepared by the Town Council in 2012/13 and was adopted in 2014. It has been used since by Arun District Council and the South Downs National Park Authority to make important planning decisions in and around the town, e.g. the Bevan & Bevan site on River Road. 


Planning documents need to be refreshed every five years or so, otherwise they can be overtaken by events.


Arun  District Council will soon be adopting its new Local Plan, which contains significant proposals for places like Ford, Climping and Littlehampton.


ADC expects towns and parishes to update their neighbourhood plans to find more land for housing up to 2031.


So, we need to revisit our Plan and look at what’s worked and what’s not worked over the last five years. We think we’re already a successful town but we don’t want to be complacent. And there remain some difficult issues that the planning system can tackle: access to affordable housing, retaining shops and businesses, conserving our heritage and improving public transport for example. 


James Stewart - Town Councillor & Chair

Lucy Ashworth - Mayor

Kay Wagland - Town Councillor

Wendy Eve - Town Councillor

James Sellar - Farmer

Andrew Simpson - Head of Arundel Church of England School

Jeremy Johnstone - resident

Ian Fricker - Chair of Chamber of Commerce

Tim Breden - resident

Stephen Manion - Arundel Castle Trustees

Geoff Thorpe - resident

Victoria Holland - resident

David Wood - Arundel Lido

Michael Standring - Arundel Community Partnership

Barry Hopkins - Rotary Club of Arundel & resident

Estate Liaison

Norfolk Estate - Peter Knight

Angmering Park Estate - Nigel Draffan

Professional Consultant: Neil Homer of O'Neill Homer (

Town Clerk: Sue Simpson


There are five stages to the Neighbourhood Planning process, here shown with anticipated timings for Arundel's Neighbourhood Plan Review:

1) Ask the people what they want - through workshops, focus groups and consultation - Feb to Sept 2018

2) Prepare a draft Neighbourhood Plan based on the evidence gathered - Oct 2018

3) Consult the residents and other stakeholders on the draft plan - Nov-Dec 2018

4) Submit the Plan for Independent Examination (assuming there are no significant changes at (3)) - Jan/Feb 2019

5) Referendum on the Submitted Plan (assuming it passes examination with minimal comments/changes) - July 2019

Once the Plan has passed referendum it can then be brought into force and used in assessing planning applications etc.


 It is crucial that local residents, businesses and organisations are involved in this process.


Between April and June the Steering Group set up a number of ‘task groups’ to discuss various these issues and how they affect different parts of the town.


The groups will be provided by some background information on housing, business, community facilities, transport and environment and will be asked to come up with ideas for new planning policies to address issues.


The Task Groups included residents of varying ages, working or non-working, from all parts of the town.

See the Informal Consultation page for more details, and the comments received.