We were tasked by Petworth Town Council to support and advise on the evolution of the Council’s statutory Neighbourhood Plan. With a historic centre famous for its plethora of antique shops, Petworth’s location in the South Down’s National Park proves a challenging context for development.
A core aim of the Neighbourhood Plan was to determine the location for future housing growth after the requirement for 150 homes was established by the National Park Authority through their emerging Local Plan. We supported the Town Council and other key decision makers through each step of the process. This involved devising a consultation strategy and constructing housing site allocation options to enable a transparent decision making process for the community. We assisted the client in policy formulation and plan writing as well as undertaking a Sustainability Appraisal.
Our close collaboration with the client, community, National Park Authority and local landowners ensured that a robust site allocation strategy is in place. This involved allocating sites in a sensitive landscape setting, requiring a suitable evidence base as part of a comprehensive approach. The Neighbourhood Plan has now been made after successfully voted through Referendum.