SOFLAG - January 2022
Thank you to everyone who has already responded to the MSDC consultation on the “Main Modifications” to the DPD.
If you haven’t yet, please take a few minutes to respond online or send an email – every response helps.
You can respond online using the Eform on this webpage: https://www.midsussex.gov.uk/…/development-plan-documents/
If you use the online form, fill in your details then you get to the “comments” pages. Complete the first comments page like this:
Box 1 “Please outline why you either support or object to the Main Modification?”
I object to MM4 because in its present form it does not do enough to make policy SA13 sound. I agree that SA13 must “respond” to the setting of the South Downs National Park, and that to do this a Landcape and Visual Impact Assessment is required. However it does not clarify when the LVIA should be carried out, and until it is completed SA13 remains unsound.
Box 2 “Please set out what change(s) you consider necessary to make the Site Allocations DPD legally compliant or sound, having regard to the reason you have identified at question 5 above where this relates to soundness”
The LVIA must be undertaken BEFORE the layout of the site – including how many (if any) houses it can accommodate – is decided by policy SA13.
Therefore the LVIA should be undertaken now, before the adoption of the DPD, and MM4 should be amended to include this requirement.
Alternatively you can send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org including the same key points, and adding anything else you feel is important about the landscape and damaging impact of the development.
You can also write to:
Planning Policy – Mid Sussex District Council
Thank you for your help with this - every response counts!