Decision details

Making the Southbourne Parish Neighbourhood Plan

Decision Maker: Council

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No


Mr Finch, Mr Hayes and Mr Hicks withdrew to the public seating area and took no part in discussion of this item and did not vote.


In the absence of Mrs Taylor, Mr Dignum (Leader of the Council), seconded by Mr Barrow, moved the recommendation of the Cabinet.


He explained that the Southbourne Neighbourhood Plan now arrived at its final stage following those for Kirdford and Loxwood. The turnout in the referendum on 5 November 2015 had been 27.38% and, of those who voted, 87% were in favour of the Plan. This exceeded 50% and was, therefore, sufficient for the Neighbourhood Plan to be made part of the Development Plan. The turnout of 27% had been a little below Loxwood at 38% and Kirdford at 42% but Southbourne was a three times larger parish in numbers than either of the others and the weather had been atrocious.


He drew attention to the huge effort by Southbourne residents that went into developing the plan which aimed to deliver 300 new homes at Southbourne, plus a further 50 elsewhere in the parish.


District and Parish Cllr Bob Hayes and a group of around 40 volunteers had spent two years crafting the plan, receiving 2,000 responses to a range of public exhibitions and consultations. He congratulated the Southbourne Parish Council and all those who had contributed to the drafting of the Plan on the successful result of their hard work.




That the Southbourne Parish Neighbourhood Plan be made part of the Development Plan for Chichester District (excluding the area within the South Downs National Park).

Publication date: 21/01/2016

Date of decision: 15/12/2015

Decided at meeting: 15/12/2015 - Council