Have your say on the Rottingdean Neighbourhood Plan

Residents have the chance to give their views on a new Neighbourhood Plan for Rottingdean.

The draft Plan has been prepared by Rottingdean Parish Council under the government’s neighbourhood planning regulations and was submitted to the council with supporting documents and evidence. The council is now required to publish the plan for consultation before it is submitted to an independent examiner.

The consultation begins on Thursday 2 February and ends on 16 March 2023.

What is a Neighbourhood Plan?

Neighbourhood planning is a way for local people to take a lead in planning the future of their area. It can be led by a parish council or by a neighbourhood forum set up for the purpose.  Neighbourhood forums are open to anyone who lives or works in the area they cover.

Rottingdean Parish Council is the second local group to reach the stage of submitting its neighbourhood plan to the council, following the Hove Station Neighbourhood Plan last year.

Developing the plan

The Rottingdean Parish Neighbourhood Area was formally designated by the council and the South Downs National Park Authority in 2013. The Parish Council has since been preparing its neighbourhood plan in consultation with residents and stakeholders.

The Parish Council undertook a public consultation on their draft plan in 2021 and has since made some amendments in response to comments by the council and other consultees.

The plan sets out the aim to “protect the special character of the parish” and to “encourage development proposals for the benefit of the local community”. It includes areas in the parish which will be recognised as Local Green Spaces.

The policies in the Neighbourhood Plan aim to complement those in our City Plan Part 1 and 2, as well as national planning policy. 

What happens next?

When this current consultation is completed, the council will submit the draft plan and all consultation responses received to the examiner, who will consider if the plan meets all the necessary legal requirements.

Based on the examiner’s report, the council will then decide whether to put the neighbourhood plan to a local referendum.

If approved at referendum, the neighbourhood plan will be formally adopted and the policies used to help decide the outcome of planning applications in the area.

More information

You can view all the consultation documents and submit comments online at:


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