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Bury Parish Council submitted the Bury Neighbourhood Plan to the South Downs National Park Authority under Regulation 15 of Part 5 of The Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012 on 3rd April 2017.

The Steering Group and Parish Council would like to thanks all people involved for their hard work to get to this stage and particular thanks to everyone that took the time to respond and engage to consultation events that have helped to inform and guide the plan's contents.


What happens next? 

The South Downs National Park Authority progress the document from here in accordance with the regulations (mentioned above). The stages moving forward are:

  1. SDNPA to check the submitted documents.
  2. SDNPA to conduct 6 week Regulation 16 consultation.
  3. SDNPA to appoint a person to carry out an examination of the plan, this person will then examine the plan.
  4. Examiners report will be published setting out whether the plan should proceed to referendum (some modifications may be recommended).
  5. SDNPA to issue a decision statement
  6. Plan to proceed to referrendum.


What has been submitted?

The following documents have been submitted to the South Downs National Park Authority.

Regulation 14 Documents

Evidence Base





About the plan

Welcome to the home of the Bury Neighbourhood Plan. The Localism Act 2011 enabled local people to make a plan that would guide development of our parish - this plan will be taken into account when future planning decisions are taken by Parish Council and the South Downs National Park Authority. The intent is to make the process more ‘bottom-up’ rather than ‘top-down’ and to give local people’s views more weight.

A Steering Group was set up by the Parish Council (who are the designated body to prepare the plan) and they are preparing a plan for Bury Parish. The intention is to prepare a plan to provide a clear framework to guide residents, local authorities and developers as to how the community wish to shape future development within the Parish over the next 15 years from 2017-2032.

Once it has been agreed at referendum and ‘made’, a neighbourhood plan has the same legal status as the Local Plan prepared by the relevant Local Planning Authorities (South Downs National Park Authority & Chichester District Council). At this point it becomes part of the statutory ‘development plan’ and used in the determination of planning applications.

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