Neighbourhood Plan - Update March 2021

We are delighted to report that Horsham District Council is looking to take our neighbourhood plan to referendum on the 6 May 2021. The documents below are the final versions of the plan and supporting statements. A hard copy can be made available to view (by appointment only) via the parish clerk. Please call 07824 312070 to arrange a viewing (Monday to Friday 10am to 3pm).


  1. Final version of the plan 
  2. Summary of representations
  3. Examiner's report
  4. Decision statement
  5. Information statement


Update - August 2020

We are delighted to report that Horsham District Council has finalised our neighbourhood plan and the decision notice is listed below.

The next stage of the process is to share the Plan with the community via a formal referendum, However, due to Covid-19 restrictions, the Government has suspended all referendums until May 2021. In the meantime, our Plan does have '...significant planning weight...' that means the policies and conditions in our Plan will be taken into consideration with each new planning application.

Our referendum-ready version of the Plan will be able to be viewed on HDC's website (link below).

In accordance with Regulation 18 of Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012 (as amended) the decision statement for the Shipley Neighbourhood Plan is now available for viewing please click on the following link below:

Please note all referendums have been suspended until May 2021 due to Covid-19 legislation. In the interim period the plan will carry significant weight and will be used to inform decision makers on planning applications within Shipley Parish.


Neighbourhood Plan update - March 2020


The Shipley Neighbourhood Plan has reached the final consultation stage (Regulation 16) before external examination followed by a community referendum. Details can be found at the link below. The consultation closes on 20th April 2020.

The documents are listed below and copies can be accessed by the link above.

  • Submission version of the plan
  • Consultation statement
  • Basic conditions statement
  • Design Statement appendix
  • Comment form


The Parish Council reviewed their approach to the Call for Sites process at their meeting on 4th September 2017. The minute relating to the Council's decision is listed below.

 165/17 Neighbourhood Plan Update

Cllr King-Tours asked that the Clerk report on the update received from the Chair of the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group. The Clerk provided a summary of the report. The analysis of the Community Surveys has been completed. Cllr Lovett reported that the response rate of 43% was amongst the highest seen by the Parish Council’s planning consultants.

The Clerk also reported that advice had been received from the Parish Council’s planning consultants and HDC’s Neighbourhood Planning officer regarding site allocation. The advice suggested that Shipley Parish Council does not need to allocate sites in the Neighbourhood Plan. Cllr Lindsay advised that Shipley Parish is categorised by HDC as an ‘unclassified’ settlement in the Horsham District Planning Framework and therefore has no obligation to allocate additional housing. The advice further suggested a ‘light touch’ approach to site allocation and advised that the Parish Council adopt a Parish Design Statement rather than the formal Call for Sites process. This would obviate the need for any Call for Sites and subsequent Strategic Environmental Assessment. Similar rural Parish Councils to that of Shipley have adopted this approach; Woodmancote being the most recent to have a ‘made’ Neighbourhood Plan based on a Parish Design Statement. After further discussion, Members AGREED to adopt a Parish Design Statement approach to site allocation. The Clerk was requested to report this decision to the Steering Group.

Neighbourhood Plan   

Shipley Parish Neighbourhood Plan committee is working in conjunction with the Parish Council to make a plan for the Parish.  The mission of the committee is to

Safeguard and enhance the built and historic environments of Shipley Parish which includes Brooks Green, Coolham, Dragons Green and Shipley and protect the Parish’s rural uniqueness and tranquillity whilst allowing for sustainable economic and social growth and development"



Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Cancelled 18th 7:30pm 7th4th

Agendas and minutes for Neighbourhood Planning meetings are available below. Normally the agenda for each meeting will be available for viewing one week - and at least three days - prior to the meeting.  Minutes are given in draft format pending approval by the Neighbourhood Planning Committee in the following meeting. Meetings are open to the public and begin at 8:00pm and are normally held at Coolham Village Hall, Coolham.



18th February 

7th March 

4th April 


18th January

5th March

26th March

23rd April

23rd May

27th June - postponed

6th August

1st October

8th November - cancelled

3rd December - postponed



18th February - here

7th March (draft) - here  


8th January - here

5th March - here

26th March - here

26th April - here

23rd May - here

6th August - here

1st October - here