South East Neighbourhood Planning Roadshow – 9.30am to 3.00pm, 9th March – Meridian Hall, East Grinstead


On Wednesday 9th March, the national Neighbourhood Planning Roadshow is coming to Sussex at the Meridian Hall in East Grinstead. This is one of 10 national events being delivered to promote Neighbourhood Plans and the benefits that their creation can bring to local communities.

The Roadshow event will bring together speakers from local communities that have completed Neighbourhood Plans, together with those from the Department for Communities and Local Government, Local Planning Authorities and Voluntary Sector organisations.

The aim of the event is to provide an overview of the benefits of developing a Neighbourhood Plan, how to go about creating one for maximum local benefit and the national and local support that is available to assist in the process. There will be opportunities to ask questions and engage with representatives from support organisations on the day.

Please come along and join us to find out more about Neighbourhood Plans and the process in the South East.

Event Overview

9.30am – 10.00am – Arrival & Event Registration

10.00am – 10.15am – Welcome
Welcome – Jeremy Leggett, Chief Executive, Action in rural Sussex

10.15am – 10.45am – Neighbourhood Planning – The View from Government

Video address from Brandon Lewis, Minister for Housing & Planning

Miriam Levin, Mobilisation Manager, Community Rights &  Neighbourhood Planning, Department for Communities & Local Government

10.45am – 11.15am – Supporting Neighbourhood Plans – A Local Authority Perspective
Claire Tester, Head of Economic Promotion & Planning, Mid Sussex District Council

11.15am – 12.00pm – Market Place & Query Stations

12.00pm – 12.45pm – Lunch & Networking

12.45pm – 1.45pm – Local Communities, the ‘Neighbourhood Plan Experience’:

  • Nuthurst Neighbourhood Plan – Cllr Owen Hydes & Cllr Richard Webber, Nuthurst NP Steering Group
  • Ferring Neighbourhood Plan – Cllr Carole Robertson, Chair, Ferring NP Steering Group

1.45pm – 2.15pm – Where can Neighbourhood Plans lead? ‘Five Villages in Kent’

2.15pm – 2.55pm
Brief Summary and Question & Answer Session

3.00pm – Close

How to Secure Places:

To book a place, please complete the booking form [SE NP Roadshow – Event Booking Form] and return it to Philippa Belcher at or through the post at:

SE Neighbourhood Planning Roadshow
Action in rural Sussex
Sussex House
212 High Street
East Sussex

If you have any queries, please contact Philippa at the e-mail address above.

The deadline for bookings is 5pm on Monday 29th February.

Please note – As this event covers a wide geographical area, places are limited to 2 representatives per community on a first come first served basis. Priority will be given to Parish Councils, Neighbourhood Planning Forums and Steering Group representatives.

For Local Authorities and Statutory bodies, places will be limited to one per Authority.

Venue Details

Meridian Hall
East Court
College Lane
East Grinstead
West Sussex
RH19 3LT

Parking: Approximately 90 spaces are available at the venue – please share vehicles if travelling from the same location.

Closest Train Station: East Grinstead (Approximately 1 mile away)


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