Question on speculative planning applications

People we meet are raising questions…. and here is one.

We’ve heard that a landowner is about to apply to Horsham District Council (HDC) for planning permission on land that isn’t in the Neighbourhood Plan (NP). Won’t this make the NP redundant?
Our comment: We cannot speak for HDC, but it is now likely that HDC will turn down any Planning Application on the grounds of “prematurity”. This is because the NP has some weight now it is out to Public Consultation. If the landowner then goes to the Planning Inspectorate on Appeal, this will take some while and by the time the Appeal is heard, we hope the Referendum will have taken place and that the NP will have full weight. This will then present the landowner with a “big hill to climb”…(comment from our Planning Consultant)
So we need a NP to GIVE US PROTECTION from this kind of speculative development.  Please, fill in our Consultation Form. You do not need to add a comment if you’re short of time. 

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