Steyning signs up for plan project

STEYNING is one of 22 parish councils to pledge support for the neighbourhood plan project.

The Horsham District Council project was launched in April, to get parish and neighbourhood councils more involved in the shaping of the future of their communities.

Steyning Parish Council chairman Phil Bowell said at last week’s meeting a cluster approach was suggested, combining its efforts with Upper Beeding, Bramber, Wiston and Ashurst.

He added: “We have registered an interest, whether as a cluster or as a town.”

A working group was in progress, looking at where and how any new development will be achieved and what new facilities will be required.

Speaking after the meeting, Horsham leader Ray Dawe said: “For the first time in the history of British town planning, people at a very local level will be able shape their area by producing their own plans and ideas which, once they come into force, will help to determine future planning applications.”