The Planning Inspector has provided his final modification to the Mid Sussex District Council’s (MSDC) Site Allocations Development Plan (Sites DPD), which will now be subject to consultation.
The role of the Sites DPD is to set out how the Council plans to meet the District’s outstanding housing and employment needs up to 2031. The Sites DPD recommends 22 housing and 7 employment sites at locations across Mid Sussex, plus a Science and Technology Park.
The independent Inspector appointed by the Secretary of State held hearing sessions in June 2021 and heard evidence from all interested parties. Following this the Inspector is suggesting a small number of modifications to some policies, which relate to clarifying and strengthening them.
He has not suggested the removal of any of the Council’s preferred sites.
As required by legislation, the proposed modifications are now subject to consultation which will run for 8-weeks 29th November 2021until 24th January 2022. Comments must be focussed only on his suggested modifications.
The Inspector will consider all the comments and provide his final report for consideration by Council early in the new year.
Cllr Robert Salisbury, Cabinet Member for Housing and Planning said, “I am delighted the Inspector has suggested so few modifications to the Sites DPD, following an extremely thorough examination of all the evidence.
It is testament to the robust way the Council has approached this Plan that he is not suggesting any sites are removed from it.
This is excellent news as failing to plan for growth and maintain an up-to-date supply of agreed housing sites would mean uncontrolled development across the district, which is in not in our community's interests.
There is now an opportunity to comment on the Inspector’s modifications, and the Council looks forward to receiving the Inspector’s final report early in the new year”.
Further details, including the Main Modifications and how you can respond to the consultation, are online at www.midsussex.gov.uk/SitesDPD