Latest Neighbourhood Planning Referendum Success for Airs

Neighbourhood Planning Referendums 

On the 7 May 2021 neighbourhood planning referendums took place across the country.

Neighbourhood plans provide opportunities for communities to be able to shape development in their area. They are community led and come into force as part of the statutory development plan once it has been approved at referendum (adopted by the local planning authority after passing a referendum).

Action in rural Sussex (AirS) has been supporting and working with parishes across Sussex (and beyond) to prepare their Neighbourhood Plans. To date, AirS working with its planning consultants including Plan4Localism have supported over 47 neighbourhood plans of which 37 have passed referendum with others at various stages of the process. Benefits of plans to the community include;

Protected cherished community assets, open spaces, views, enhancing bio-diversity, wildlife and access to nature
Influence in location of development sites, scale and design
Community-led delivery mechanisms such as local Community Land Trusts.

Although their examinations happened a while ago and COVID delayed referendums, we are pleased to announce that, all three of the plans we supported that were up for referendums have all successfully passed. These include

Henfield – a great turnout % for a town in Horsham District

Yes votes- 2,085 (90.53%)

No votes – 218 (9.47%)

Turnout – 47.95%




Upper Beeding – a rural parish made up of a number of settlement areas in Horsham District.

Yes votes- 999 (85.24%)

No votes – 173 (14.76%)

Turnout – 39.31%



Send – a characterful rural parish in Guildford Borough, Surrey

Yes votes- 1322 (82%)

No votes – 289 (18%)

Turnout – 47.70%




Action in rural Sussex and Plan4Localism are pleased with these outcomes and will continue to support parishes wishing to embark on either neighbourhood plans or parish plans in order to enable effective community led planning in Sussex Communities.

“Supporting rural communities in Sussex to be vibrant and diverse places in which to live and work.”