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Crawley Borough Local Plan Review - Publication and Submission

The Crawley Local Plan Review has been undertaken to ensure the borough's Local Plan remains up-to-date. The new Crawley Local Plan has been prepared based on the outcomes of monitoring the implementation of the 2015 adopted Local Plan, feedback from previous stages of formal public consultations and updating the supporting technical evidence base.

Following Full Council held on 16 December 2020 which approved the Draft Local Plan for Publication and Submission, formal public consultation took place from early January until the end of June 2021.

Progression of the Local Plan to Submission was subsequently delayed due to the work required in order to meet the Habitats Regulations specifically in relation to water supply constraints.

Due to this, a number of key changes, which account for the impact of “water neutrality” and associated time delay, are being made to the draft Local Plan. On this basis, it is intended that the amended draft Plan will be considered again at Full Council. Following this, a further stage of Regulation 19 Publication Consultation will take place.

It is supported by a number of statutory supporting documents (a Local Plan Map, a Sustainability Appraisal, a Habitats Regulations Assessment and a Consultation Statement).

Cabinet are asked to recommend to Full Council to approve the submission draft Local Plan for Publication consultation (a statutory six-week period of public consultation), commencing 9 May 2023.

Cabinet are asked to recommend to Full Council to approve the submission draft Local Plan for Submission to the Secretary of State for Examination by an independent Planning Inspector, subject to minor amendments deemed necessary following consultation for the purposes of clarity.

Cabinet are asked to recommend to Full Council to approve the publication and submission of the supporting documents for the Local Plan: the Local Plan Map; the Sustainability Appraisal; the Habitats Regulations Assessment; the Consultation Statement; and the detailed technical evidence base documents necessary for supporting the Local Plan through Examination.

Decision type: Key

Reason Key: Affects more than 1 ward;

Decision status: Recommmend Forward to Council

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Notice of proposed decision first published: 25/11/2022

Decision due: 1 Feb 2023 by Cabinet

Decision due: 22 Feb 2023 by Full Council

Lead member: Cabinet Member for Planning and Economic Development

Contact: Elizabeth Brigden, Planning Policy Manager Email:

Consultation process

A statutory period of six-week formal public consultation ‘Publication’ will be carried out, following a favourable Full Council decision, on all documents supporting the Local Plan’s Examination, ahead of its submission to the Secretary of State.

Respondents will be asked to consider whether they believe the Plan to be ‘Legally Compliant’ and ‘Sound’; and to explain their response.

Comments received at this stage of consultation will be collated by the council officers and will be submitted to the Secretary of State along with the Local Plan for their consideration by the independent Planning Inspector as part of the Plan’s examination.


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