Neighbourhood Plan

Council Policy regarding the Neighbourhood Plan:
Upper Beeding Parish Council is fully involved with the Neighbourhood Plan and supports the work carried out by the NP Focus Groups and their draft policy proposals


October 2015

I suppose you have been wondering what the NP Team have been up to after holding the Community Events and reviewing what sites you the Community wanted. I think you made it very clear that you didn’t want Rydon. Hopefully you will see this reflected in the sites we are putting forward for inclusion in the Draft Plan. These have been supported by the Parish Council but don’t worry you still have time to make your feelings known during the consultation period for the Draft Plan and finally when you vote YES or NO in the referendum.

Please remember though that although we have taken on board all your feedback we have had to review each site using a set of criteria covering housing type, location, whether affordable, accessibility, traffic flow, improvements to the community, flood risk, topography, biodiversity, the economy, size of site, impact on infrastructure etc. All the detail can be found on the PC website or contact me for any details.

One of the key actions we are in the process of doing is having an independent Traffic Study carried out in and around the Pound Lane area. The outcome of this will determine whether we can ever develop in this area and what we may have to do to improve our roads. We have also had to consider sites in SDNP as the initial list does not meet our Housing Needs requirements. This is why we have included Beeding Court Farm. The fact that its included doesn’t mean SDNP will agree.

We will be in touch shortly with dates for the Consultation and make available at these how sites were assessed.

Sean Teatum NP Team Chairman

Neighbourhood Plan Timeline Oct 2015

August 2015 

A lot has been going on behind the scenes in preparing our plan for the future of our Parish (Upper Beeding, Small Dole, Edburton & Truleigh Hill). We carried out a Housing Needs Survey (HNS) to find out how you the people of the Parish want our housing and development to progress over the next 20 years. We carried out a Business Needs Survey (BNS) so as to understand what type of Businesses we have in the Parish and what they need to improve and grow. We Called for Sites where people have suggested places to build and land owners have stated they would like to develop. We have had some innovative plans produced for the Cement Works. What we need to do now is share this information with you so that you can tell us what you would prefer and any other points you wish to raise. To help you understand some of these plans and ideas we are holding Community Engagement Events on the 11th. July between 11.00 to 15.00 at the Small Dole Village Hall and the 12th July between 11.00 to 15.00 at the Upper Beeding Village Hall. All are welcome.

Sean Teatum Chairman of the Neighbourhood Plan Team


Did you fill in your Housing Needs Survey (HNS) or if a business returned the Business Needs Survey (BNS). So far we have ascertained that there is a need for Affordable Housing (65% of you said so) but 61% of you do not want any more marketable housing and 63% said that the Parish has the right type of housing to meet their future needs. These numbers are based on a 24% response rate to the HNS.

Our job now is to use the data gathered in the HNS, that gathered in our Parish Survey in 2014, data from the 2011 and 2001 Census and the actions identified in the Parish Plan of 2007 to calculate what our requirements are and the evidence this is based on.

It’s very clear that the villages do not want or need any major developments (such as Rydon Homes). What we do need is approximately 30 Affordable Homes, 30 Open Market Homes and some Sheltered Housing for our ageing population over the next 20 years. To  be provided in small developments of 8, 12 or 20 houses as well as allowing the current one or two builds replacing existing on suitable plots.

The Survey indicates that based on incomes we need to consider ‘social housing’ as there are very few houses with middle incomes which could afford “affordable rent” or some intermediate market housing product like shared ownership. A Community Land Trust (CLT) model may be worth exploring as this could seek to provide more genuinely affordable housing. It is also clear that some of the housing identified, needs to be rented rather than owned. More information on this will be published soon and we will be holding events in both Upper Beeding and Small Dole (late March/early April depending on responses from landowners) to share this with you along with sites that have been identified as suitable for development or to be designated green / amenity space to be kept for the Parish to use and enjoy. Our latest target is to complete our Draft Plan is optimistically the end of April. More info / detail on


Another proposal that we as a community have produced to try and get something moving on the old Cement Works Site that has been redundant for the past 20+ years can be seen on our website

As you know we carried out a questionnaire back in 2014 asking people for their key issues and 74% said they would like to see something done to the Cement Works Site rather than it being left as an eyesore and blot on the countryside in SDNP.

Having visited the site owner Hargreaves, Dudmans (who have an option to buy) and the SDNP (the Planning Authority) it seemed pretty clear that nothing was going to happen for another 20 years unless we tried to do something about it. All did say they liked some of our ideas but……….

So with the help of some willing professionals Bill Dunster (Architect), Alex Hole (Business Strategy & Planning) and Mat Bulba (Project Manager, Director of The Low Carbon Trust & Blooming Futures – Green Fuels) turned the communities ideas into some innovative proposals that can be properly funded

Since then we have presented to Coast to Capital (Enterprise Board), SDNP and circulated the proposals to Horsham & Adur District Councils and WSCC who have all supported and liked the ideas. We have presented again to the SDNP Executive & Members and are waiting their views on what they might permit being developed on the site.

The community development will have an Initial Expense of £104M, an Initial Income of £113M and an Annual Income of £5M whilst providing in excess of 500 jobs (detail on PC website)

It is quite clear that the proposals formed from a lot of ideas from the Community and approved in principle by the UB Parish Council are very different to those being proposed by Hargreaves but are by no means set in stone. A lot depends on who and how much we can get to invest.

Once we get some indication from SDNP on their intentions we will hopefully be in a position to hold some public meetings in the Parish to present the proposals more widely and get feedback.


So what have the NP Team been doing over the last year, do you care? Why not join the Team and plan the future of your Villages

  • Sought to engage the Community with a survey to gain their views. Only had a 10% response!!
  • We produced a Vision, set up Focus Teams and produced objectives
  • Looked for possible sites for development or to list as Green sites.
  • Engaged the community at the Annual Parish Meeting, Rydon Development, Summer Fairs, BBQs, and Dog Shows etc. to get the message across and drum up more support.
  • We managed to get on the radio and in the local newspapers by raising the profile of one site in our Parish that sits in the South Downs National Park and has been derelict for the past 20+ years the Beeding/Shoreham Cement Works.
  • Have produced our ideas for the site. Things are complicated as the Owner wants to do one thing, the main user of the site (who has an option to buy) wants to do something else and not seeming to care what happens so long as it doesn’t ruin their Vision!! Whilst small businesses on site have to wait.
  • The Beeding Cement Works has taken on a new requirement as we have the possibility to change SDNP Policy by recommending some new Eco-Friendly and Carbon Neutral Proposals which would also allow some development but in a way that is sympathetic to SDNP.
  • Got involved with AiRS who we have taken on as Consultants and paid £8,940 to date of which £5,760 has been provided by the Community Development Foundation in addition to the funding from HDC.
  • We have just distributed a Housing Needs Survey. A Business Needs Survey is being carried out face to face and a Survey for Travellers is being prepared.
  • Have a Desktop Biodiversity Report for Cement Works
  • We will be producing a Policy Statement within our NP for the Cement Works and have recently written to HDC to ask for a formal screening opinion on the requirement for us to prepare a Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) and/or a Habitat Regulations Assessment (HRA) of the NDP.
  • We are producing our Detail under each Focus Group and have a Planning & Vision Workshop planned for 1st. Dec.
  • Following our workshop we will hope to be in a position to start drafting our Plan, writing policies and proposals converting real speak to Planning Speak and commissioning any technical reports, appraisals & viability assessments.
  • A number of sites have been identified for development and recreational use. Landowners now have to be engaged and agree and identify those suitable for use
  • We will be arranging some public meetings in the New Year to share our draft plans, possible sites for development and recreational use and the future of the Cement works


Latest information is that our NP Area has been agreed by HDC and some early feedback on our recent NP Questionnaire is shown below:

There are to date a total of 335 responses of which 281 represent Upper Beeding, 51 represent Small Dole and 3 represent Edburton. Unfortunately none were received from Truleigh Hill. Of those returned 10 represented businesses in the Parish. The majority were returned as hard copies with 21 being done on line.

The response to what things most need improving was interesting:
– 73% Cement Works
– 47% Traffic Speed
– 37% Activities for Teenagers
– 26% Public Transport
– 26% Affordable Housing
Perhaps we should focus on these as the key requirements to cover in our plan.

The Neighbourhood Plan Questionnaire ResultsNP Questionnaire 28-1-14

Next Steps: This is really to continue our Community Engagement & Involvement. So far we have publicised we are going to produce a plan, we have told people what the plan is all about and got some feed back from people as to what they want/would like to see in our Plan for the Parish. We therefore need to consider how we:
– Analyse the results of our Questionnaire
– Advertise / Distribute the results of Questionnaire
– Formulate a programme of community engagement
– Identify local partners and stakeholders (local businesses, landowners,minority groups, educational establishments, health and social care, owners of key sites or organisations
– Establish our agreed Focus Groups
– Set Up some day / evening events both in UB & Small Dole where residents & businesses can drop by to see us and talk to the Focus groups re: their concerns and aspirations.
– Once we have covered the above we should be in a position to know what should be in our plan

As you can realise there is a lot of data to analyse to gauge the wants and concerns of you the people of the Parish. I’m not sure though whether 10% is a true representation of what people want or do we just decide that the other 90% are happy with what is available to them for now and in the future.


For anyone wishing to see what a Neighbourhood Plan will look like have a look at the Cuckfield and Slaugham ones. These have been submitted for approval before being put to public referendum.



Our Application to Horsham LPA for our Neighbourhood Plan Area                            Application for Neighbourhood Area

Writing the Upper Beeding Neighbourhood Plan

There is considerable flexibility over how a plan is structured and written.

Careful consideration should be made of how the plan will be delivered and this will require constructive dialogue with key stakeholders, such as development managers in the local authority, public agencies, landowners and developers as well as the community and local businesses. To Keep the Neighbourhood Plan concise, focused and clear on what are the proposed “policies”, a background document could be created, listing the sources of evidence, summarising any new evidence and describing the outcomes of the community engagement programme at different stages in the plan process

The Plan should contain the following:

Vision and Aims. The Neighbourhood Plan can set out the community’s overall vision for the area and should include overall aims for its future development and growth. Will it cover 10, 15 or 20 years. These can relate to a wide range of planning and regeneration matters – social, economic and environmental. The vision and aims of the plan can then be translated into detailed policies, guidance and proposals.

Planning Policies. The Neighbourhood Plan, once made, will form part of the statutory local development plan for the area and its policies will be used to determine development proposals in the neighbourhood. Planning applications will be determined in accordance with the Neighbourhood Plan’s policies unless material considerations indicate otherwise. The policies in the plan could be supplemented if necessary by explanatory text or illustrations to help with their interpretation.

Site Allocations. The Neighbourhood Plan may identify key sites for specific kinds of development, such as housing, retail, employment or mixed use.

Community Proposals. Regeneration or enhancement proposals relating to the use and development of land could be included in the plan. It could include policies around improving key public spaces , pedestrian links or allocate sites for new community facilities, such as a community centre.


Time and Financial Costs

• publicity

• local partnerships

• initial community engagement

• building the evidence base

• continuing community engagement

• writing the plan

• pre-submission consultation

• other activities

• venues, refreshments, materials for community events

• paid professional support (if needed) such as preparing technical evidence

• telephone and postage

• printing

• travel to meetings and events

• other miscellaneous expenses