THE ARUNDEL NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN
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.
WHY DOES IT NEED UPDATING?
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.
WHO IS ON THE STEERING COMMITTEE
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
Norfolk Estate - Peter Knight
Angmering Park Estate - Nigel Draffan
Professional Consultant: Neil Homer of O'Neill Homer (www.oneillhomer.co.uk)
Town Clerk: Sue Simpson
WHAT IS THE PROCESS
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.
HOW CAN YOUN HELP?
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.