The neighbourhood plan

Westbourne's Neighbourhood Plan Referendum will take place on Thursday 29 July 2021.

  • A full copy of Westbourne Neighbourhood Plan is available on the Chichester District Council website
  • The District Council has also published information on its website about the referendum and how to register to vote. 
  • The information on these pages of the Parish Council are background information and an earlier draft of the Neighbourhood Plan.

Background information

The purpose of a Neighbourhood Plan (NP) is to give people a say in planning issues such as the provision of housing, promoting shops and local businesses, giving opportunities for employment and protecting green space. It also gives communities a say on what any new buildings should look like and what facilities should be provided to support development.

The Steering Group, a group of volunteers including parish councillors, have consulted widely over the last seven years to gather the views of the community. Our Neighbourhood Plan will, if we are successful, become part of the planning process. It is therefore vital that everyone contributes their views on how they want our parish to develop in the future.

Neighbourhood Plans are a new government initiative under the Localism Act 2011. They can be produced by town or parish councils in consultation with their communities, but must be consistent with legislation and national and local planning policies. Once the Plan has been written, the whole community will have the opportunity to comment. The Plan then goes to the local authority and, when finally agreed, it will go for Examination. Once the Inspector approves the Plan, the whole of Westbourne parish will vote on it in a public referendum. Only after this will the local authority adopt the Plan.

The Plan, if successful, would sit alongside Chichester District Council’s Local Plan, the starting point for deciding where development should take place and the type and quality of that development. In other words, it will be a statutory document that cannot be ignored!


“It is important to maintain a balance in a rural community, so one needs a bit of everything without any aspect dominating to the point that it takes over everything else”

The neighbourhood plan 
Consultation statement
Basic conditions statement 
Consultation documents
Evidence base documents