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Draft Site Allocations Development Plan Document - Regulation 18 Consultation

Public consultation — 9th October 2019

Mid Sussex District Council

Planning Policy Update

9th October 2019

Draft Site Allocations Development Plan Document - Regulation 18 Consultation

Mid Sussex District Council has published the Site Allocations Development Plan Document for consultation from the 9th of October, closing midnight on the 20th of November 2019. 

The Site Allocations DPD forms part of the Mid Sussex District Plan 2014-2031, which was adopted in March 2018. Its preparation is in response to the requirement by the Planning Inspector to meet the residual housing and employment needs up to 2031. 

The Site Allocations DPD proposes a number of new housing and employment sites for allocation in order to meet this need. It also includes an allocation for a Science and Technology Park to the west of Burgess Hill, and a number of other strategic planning policies considered necessary for delivering sustainable development. 

All responses made through the consultation will be carefully considered. A consultation report summarising the issues raised and how they have been considered will be published on the Council’s website and considered by the Council, before the document progresses to the next stage in the plan-making process which includes further consultation. 

The District Council is also consulting on a consultation draft of a Mid Sussex Design Guide to inform and guide the quality of design for all development across Mid Sussex District. It sets out a number of design principles to deliver high quality, new development across Mid Sussex that responds appropriately to its context and is inclusive and sustainable. 

All of the consultation documents and further information can be viewed online at 

Comments can be submitted: 

Online: Online Form at 

Post to: Planning Policy, Mid Sussex District Council, Oaklands, Oaklands Road, Haywards Heath, West Sussex, RH16 1SS 

E-mail to: [email protected]

Responses must be received by midnight on the 20th November 2019. 

If you have any queries about this consultation, please email [email protected] or telephone (01444) 477053.

WSCC Proposed Budget Savings within the Library Service

Public consultation — 9th October 2019

WSCC would like to make you aware of a public consultation currently running on proposed budget savings within the Library Service. 

The public consultation closes on Wednesday 13 November. It asks people for their views on proposals to cease the mobile library service and to reduce the evening opening hours in the four main libraries (Chichester, Crawley, Horsham and Worthing) by one hour, from 7pm to 6pm from April 2020. 

We are keen for as many library users as possible to take part in the consultation and share their thoughts on the proposals. 

The consultation will help inform the decision, due to be taken in November by the Cabinet Member for Fire and Rescue and Communities. The decision is one of a number of options being worked up to take forward in the 2020/21 budget to help meet the funding gap currently being faced by West Sussex County Council. 

To find out more and to take part, visit the Have Your Say web page. Please share this link with your communities to help us reach as many library users as possible. 

If you need any further information, please contact Tom Batten - [email protected]

Local Democracy Week (14th - 20th October 2019)

MSDC Press Release — 9th October 2019

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Silver Saturday

Council News — 9th October 2019

Our wine and cheese event to celebrate Silver Sunday took place on Saturday 12th October at the Queen's Hall. It was a wonderful success with support from local members of our community attending to enjoy the selection of wine, cheese and cake provided.

We hope to make this an annual occasion so watch this space for details of next year's event.

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Planned Roadworks in West Sussex for October 2019

Roadworks — 9th October 2019

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6th December 2019

Cuckfield Christmas Street Festival

Come along to the best event of the year, Cuckfield's Christmas Street Festival.  

This year's event will take place on Friday 6th December from 6pm until 8pm.  

All the usual stalls will be present, as well as the ever popular snow machine, Santa's Grotto, live singing and music, the marching brass band and more.

Anyone interested in having a stall should contact Adrian Podmore on [email protected] for more details.

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17th January 2020

Rain or Shine presents Wind in the Willows

Rain or Shine Theatre are proud to present their fast paced comic retelling of the classic tale The Wind in the Willows!


The Wind in the Willows Follow the adventures of handsome Ratty, innocent Mole, wise Badger and of course the incomparable Toad as they row, ride and run on and around the banks of The River in an escapade suitable for the whole family!

Hailed as 'a delicious mirthfest' Rain or Shine will once again be reinventing a classic using their now signature 'Morecambe & Wise-ish comedy' style for another season of adventure, mayhem, but above all multi-role madness!

Show starts at 7pm at the Queen's Hall, High Street, Cuckfield.  Refreshments will be available to purchase.  Suitable for all the family.  

Adult Tickets: £10
Child Tickets: £7

Doors open from 6.30pm.

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