UBNP September Update to the PC

We have had confirmation that we will receive Technical Support to carry out Site Surveys with AECOM  http://www.aecom.com/  This will ensure we meet the tighter requirements being imposed on Neighbourhood Plans by Councils, Developers and the Planning Inspectorate.

We received the first draft of the HNA in August and have reviewed the 66 page document with HDC, our consultants, AiRS and the NP Team before the final version is published. The document states that Upper Beeding, Small Dole, Edburton and Truleigh Hill are all very desirable places to live (as if we didn’t know that). The number of houses identified that we require over the next 15 years, based on unconstrained demand,(lack of sites for development, SDNP, flood risk etc. not taken into consideration) are 189 of which 63 need to be affordable. Once the document has been agreed we will make it available on the Parish Council website for all to view. For info we have built 41 homes (25 in Adur View) in the last 5 years. 

Other NP News:

·         HDC have launched a new website to share info on NPs across the District – Yammer https://www.yammer.com/horshamdistrictneighbourhoodplanningforum/#/home

·         Met with Ed Carr to discuss his Arts and Culture ideas for the Cement Works

·         Meeting with the Small Dole (SD)Village Hall Team to discuss NP on 27th. September

·         Henfield PC have distributed NP questionnaires to all SD residents

·         Could our Garages be used for Affordable Housing (AH)

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Andrew Purches has put forward this idea to build housing on top of some of the garages we have in UB. The picture is of a scheme the London Borough of Lambeth have adopted in Gipsy Hill. We intend to investigate further as this could be a very sensible option.

·         The Cement Works has been in the news again and I have been in communication with Steve Dudman, Ed Carr http://www.southdownproject.com/  and Bill Dunster http://www.offgridbreak.com/  It is still very unclear what Steve Dudman intends to do with the site. South Downs National Park Authority (SDNPA) are considering an Area Action Plan(AAP)  with more detailed guidance and elaboration on the broad planning principles within their Local Plan for the site.  This proposal follows detailed advice from Planning Inspector(s) and is considered legally robust and will include community engagement and input. This is planned to start in September and we hope to be involved.

·         Next NP Team Meeting is possibly 20th, Sept at the HUB UB, will confirm on the PC website along with more NP News http://upperbeeding-pc.gov.uk/neighbourhood-plan/


Sean Teatum Chairman of the UB NP Team 

Notes from NP Meeting 16th August

Notes from NP Meeting 16th August

Attendees:Jennifer Wood,Andrew Purches,Miles Carey,John Rowland,Alan Chilver,Sally Norvell Baker, Juliet Hindson, Sean Teatum (Chairman).
Apologies: Joyce Shaw,Mike Newall, Mandy Wadman.
1. Update since last meeting.
  • AECOM have agreed to carry out site surveys as part of the Technical Support package from Locality.
  • DC have launched a new website to share info on NP across the District. Its called Yammer https://www.yammer.com/horshamdistrictneighbourhoodplanningforum/
  • Met with Ed Carr to discuss Arts and Culture ideas for Cement Works
  • Meeting with the Small Dole (SD)Village Hall team to discuss NP on 27th. September
  • Henfield distributing NP questionnaire to all SD residents over the next week
  • Shared our HNA with Henfield.
2. Review HNA & List any questions to AECOM / HDC
  • Received feedback from HDC on the HNA and reviewed.
  • Reviewed document with Team and highlighted the following comments: Document very much in Planners Speak, Need to clearly show proposed Housing Needs figure and Affordable Housing Need figure in both Summary and Body of Document, Document gave positive view of UB, need more reference to Small Dole as very UB centric, nunber of minor typing/reference to fig. nos incorrect, table 30 page 59 error as shows flats and OAP units twice and if OAP units stays these flats are for over 55s not OAPs, also does not show losses for original Adur View. PAGE 16 re: reference to new bypass point 30. this is believed to be around 25 years old!!.
  • Waiting further feedback from Allison Keech
  • The Chair will pull all comments together and send to AECOM
3. Garages for Affordable Housing (AH)
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  • Anrew Purches has followed up on his idea of using the garages we have in excess in some parts of UB for AH. The idea is to build housing on top of the garages as shown above in the scheme the London Borough of Lambeth have adopted in Gipsy Hill,  approaching Crystal Palace. The Chair has written to Saxon Weald to seek ownership information of the garages and to Affinity Sutton to see if they could help with this idea. ACTION the Chair to get aerial picture of UB to identify all sites
4. Cement Works
  • The Chairman has been involved with some communication from Brighton University re: access to the Cement Works for students project work. In following this up with Steve Dudman, Ed Carr and Bill Dunster it is still very unclear what Steve Dudman intends to do with the site. ACTION the Chair to write to SDNPA to find out what is the current status of the review they are carrying out.
5. Review Focus Team Docs
  • The Team had been asked to review their Focus Documents. The Community & Infrastructure Doc has been reviewed by Juliet & John, it was agreed to take out comment re: SGS not being sufficient for current population and  keep reference re Pound Lane traffic issue, this has now been reissued, The Countryside and Environment was updated by the Chair but no comments have been received. The Local Economy has had no comments received and the Housing and Development Doc will have to be updated once the HNA has been agreed. ACTION ALL Team to review Focus Docs and feedback any changes
6. Any Other Business
  • Find out who is new chair of the Steyning, Bramber ,Ashington, Washington NP Team ACTION Chair
  • Ask WSCC what their future plans are for Smugglers Lane ACTION Chair
  • Using the illegal element of the gypsy site in Small Dole to create another – possibly – 12 units of housing. ACTION Chair to raise with HDC
  • Possibly mid September 20th!! depending on agreeing HNA and starting site assessments. To Be Confirmed
Sean Teatum



After all the activity last month (May) with kick starting our NP back into action June has been rather quiet, so quiet in fact that we delayed our NP meeting to July 5th. The reason for this has been waiting for our Housing Needs Assessment to get started and complete. I am pleased to say that we have now have confirmation from Locality that they will provide Technical Support for this and AECOM have agreed to take on the work. I have had my first meeting with them on 4th. July.

Other things kicked off / happened in June:

  • Wrote to SDNP to update them on our progress and to seek their views on our site assessments carried out to date, they have responded and will provide feedback on the sites and any potential for housing.
  • Wrote to WSCC to seek better support from their Planning Dept. on our NP but still waiting a response from their Planning & Transport Manager. (have chased)
  • Received a request from a Small Dole resident regarding extending the Built Up Area Boundary (BUAB) to allow him to build a new house as he said HDC had suggested we include in the NP. I consulted with Norman Kwan at HDC who said that this was something they would be looking at through the local plan review and would not be expecting parishes to undertake. This will ensure HDC use a consistent approach and methodology across all settlements rather than different interpretations being used by Parishes introducing discrepancies between how the BUABs were assessed for different settlements across the district, which might be problematic at appeals later on. This work will be done by James Overall who will be consulting on revised boundaries in the Issues and Options this Autumn.
  • The meeting with AECOM went well and they have asked for some more detail on our Survey, some stats regarding the Parish, Local Estate Agents and numbers of new homes built since 2011. They have suggested that our NP covers the period to 2031. They also stated that they can help with site assessments and I have asked Locality if we can have this included in our Technical Support Package (waiting response)
  • AECOM hope to complete the HNA by end of July for us to assess with final sign off by mid August.They also stated that the HNA makes no consideration of Flood Plains, SDNP, Green Spaces etc. it is based on unconstrained demand which we then tailor to our particular constraints.
  • We will not be attending the Heritage Workshop being run by HDC as it was felt our Parish did not require any additional information on this.
  • Next NP Meeting on 5th. July at 7.30 in THE HUB Baptist Church UB

Sean Teatum
NP Team Chairman