A chance to have your say on the future of housing at Petworth

Petworth residents will get a chance to voice their views about future housing development when the town's neighbourhood plan has its latest public consultation event.

Wednesday, 18th May 2016, 9:20 am

Residents will be able to see the newest stages of the plan between 10am-9pm on Friday, June 17 when it is presented by the town council at the Leconfield Hall.

It will give people an insight into how their feedback from last year’s consultation process has evolved into a series of development options and a wealth of ideas covering the key five areas of the plan - housing, working and shopping, leisure and well-being, environment, sustainability and design and getting around.

Petworth is expected to provide at least 150 new houses in the 15 years covered by the emerging South Downs National Park Authority Local Plan.

A team of around 30 people from many parts of the community have worked together to try and establish where these houses might be built and have conducted research into any retail, employment, or community land that might be required over the same period.

Douglas Cooper, chairman of the Petworth Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group said: “We now need the help of residents to take the plan through to the next stage.

“The public consultation day on June 17 means residents can have their say about the future of housing development along with the infrastructure and services to support it.

“It provides us all with the perfect opportunity to help shape the future of our wonderful town for generations to come.”

The feedback from residents given at this latest stage of the process will be used to shape the draft plan.

This is expected to be ready in its final state for a public referendum next year. Following a public referendum, it then becomes part of planning law and will sit alongside national and local planning legislation.

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