Call for Sites


The Call for Sites was published in the West Sussex County Times on Thursday November 30th as part of the Cowfold Neighbourhood Plan process.


A Neighbourhood Plan is a mechanism for helping communities, including both local residents and businesses, to influence the planning of the area in which they live and work.

It covers the period up to 2031 and can be used to:

  • Develop a shared vision for the Parish.
  • Propose where new homes, shops, offices and other development should be built.
  • Identify and protect important local green spaces.
  • Influence the location, type, design and density of any new buildings
  • Align any developments with the available infrastructure and environment

Cowfold is preparing a Neighbourhood Plan, under the provisions of the Localism Act 2012. As part of its work in assessing future development needs, the Cowfold Parish Council Working Group is calling upon landowners and agents of land within the Parish to put forward land that they wish to be considered for allocation for development in the Cowfold Neighbourhood Plan.

Why are we calling for sites?

This is an informal opportunity for landowners and developers to propose sites, within the Parish of Cowfold, which they feel should be considered for development. This exercise will not necessarily result in a site being allocated for development nor will it commit the proposer(s) to applying for planning consent. The site suggestions received will be assessed as part of the preparation of the Cowfold Neighbourhood Plan.

The proposals can be for a wide range of development uses. In this context, the term ‘development’ applies to any use of land within the boundaries of the Parish: examples include housing, sport and recreation, public utilities, business premises, etc.

There is no obligation on the Parish Council or its Working Group to support any future application for development on land that has been brought forward. Any site allocated in the Cowfold Neighbourhood Plan will be subject to a planning application, which will be determined by Horsham District Council.

Please contact the clerk of Cowfold Parish Council at 117 Acorn Avenue, Cowfold, RH13 8RT or

Please reply by January 5 2018, ensuring that you include the following information:

  • Site Name
  • Site Address
  • Site Plan (showing red line boundary of proposed site on an Ordanance Survey map)
  • Ownership details
  • Site area
  • Proposed use (Housing/Employment/Mixed use etc.)
  • Timescales for delivery
  • Any Community benefits the allocation could bring and any know barriers to delivery.

Please note that sites of less than 0.25 Hectare are unlikely to be considered as Neighbourhood Plans are based on developments of 6 houses or more.