Planning Issues

Horsham DC have postponed a decision on the District Local Plan in July 2021 following a Government policy change requiring a 30 year vision for Local Plans.

Clays Field (July 2021) has been retained as a Green Space in the Bramber NP

The Steyning Society has been concerned that Clays Field which is an important amenity for Steyning and Bramber could be lost to housing development.

We are pleased to hear that the proposed Regulation 19 submission of Horsham’s Local Plan has backed up Bramber Parish Council’s position with respect to Clays Field which states: 

‘Bramber SA758 Land at Clays Field: The site is not recommended to come forward as an allocation (for housing). The site plays an important role in the landscape and heritage setting of both Steyning and Bramber and provides valued local amenity provision for residents of both villages. The landscape capacity study (2020) has identified this location has having limited/no capacity for housing. Long views of the South Downs must also be considered with some parts of the site visible from the National Park.’

Steyning Grammar School site between Church Street and Fletcher’s Croft

The Steyning Society is very concerned about the future of the Steyning Grammar School site between Church Street and Fletcher’s Croft. We understand that the Steyning Grammar School Foundation which owns the site is planning to sell the majority of the site to a developer, but will retain the ownership and responsibility for the Grade listed Brotherhood Hall.

Our concerns relate to the future of the Hall and the proposals for the surrounding former school site. We believe that these must be of the highest design quality and sensitive to the setting of the Brotherhood Hall and its adjacent buildings. This is the most important development proposed in the centre of Steyning for many years. It will have a major impact on the historic integrity of this medieval area and the character of the town.

We have put a number of questions to the Foundation and these are the answers from the Acting Chair of the Foundation, Richard Goodman (RG). Please click the full statement of questions and answers: Steyning Society statement on SGS site and Brotherhood Hall

Steyning Neigbourhood Plan 

The Steyning Society Committee has supported and commented on the draft Steyning Neighbourhood Development Plan 2019-2031.  You can access the Steyning Society submission here:.Steyning _Reg_16_Comment_TS Form

Proposed development in Elm Grove

The Steyning Society keeps an eye on Planning Applications for building developments that are submitted to Horsham District Council. We aim to influence any further developments of our lovely town.

The planning appeal decision for Elm Grove Lane B & W Building has just been published (July 2021). The planning inspector allowed the appeal against Horsham’s refusal to give planning consent to the proposed development The Steyning Society had previously objected to the proposal.

This is the link

You can read the full objection to the proposed development in the centre of Steyning in Elm Grove by clicking on the link here: Elm Grove DC200789 Steyning Society objection