Community Life

For residents we hope that this website provides a comprehensive and accessible catalogue of the information you need about the area and its community.

We have provided special pages to direct people visiting or working here to sections that may be of particular interest to them, but we believe the majority of the information on the website is useful for residents so the main navigation bar (always visible wherever you are on the site) is for you.

Please have a good look around under each of the main menu items: like the village and its surroundings, there may be more to it than initially meets the eye.

The remainder of this page is given over to information and links about ongoing community issues, where possible providing the opportunity for residents to have their say.

Ongoing Community Issues (Have your say)

Follow the links below to get the latest information or register your opinion about issues of general concern.


A Neighbourhood Plan is a way of helping local communities to influence the planning of the area in which they live and work.

The Storrington, Sullington and Washington Neighbourhood Plan process was launched at a public meeting on 21 November 2013 and has been developed over the last few years.  A referendum was held on 18th July 2019.   The question voted on was:

“Do you want Horsham District Council and South Downs National Park Authority to use the Neighbourhood Plan for Storrington and Sullington Parish, and Washington Parish to help it decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area?”

On 18 July 2019, the Storrington & Sullington and Washington Neighbourhood Development Plan to 2031 successfully passed Referendum with 86% of the votes cast agreeing that the Storrington & Sullington and Washington Neighbourhood Development Plan be used by Horsham District Council and South Downs National Park Authority to help in the determination of planning applications in the Parishes of Storrington & Sullington and Washington (turnout at the Referendum was 19.13%).

It was therefore confirmed, that the Storrington & Sullington and Washington Parish Neighbourhood Development Plan to 2031, (incorporating Examiner’s modifications as set out in the Horsham District Council Decision Statement), complies with the legal requirements and basic conditions set out in the Localism Act 2011. As a result of the Council resolution of 4 September 2019, the Storrington & Sullington and Washington Parish Neighbourhood Development Plan 2031 has been ‘made’ with effect 5 September 2019.

Horsham District Council Neighbourhood Plan adoption statement.

The final plan is published on the Storrington & Sullington Parish Council website: Neighbourhood Plan (June 2019)


HDC Local Plan Jan 2024

Horsham District Council has reviewed the Local Plan which will guide future developments in the Horsham District until 2040.

The Government requires all local planning authorities to build a significant number of new homes in the coming years. This will present considerable challenges for the Council. A Horsham District Local Plan will seek to show how the District will deliver new homes while seeking to minimise the effect on the environment and landscape. The Plan will also support the delivery of community infrastructure, transport links and opportunities for local jobs.

On 11 December 2023 Horsham District Council approved the publication of the Horsham District Local Plan 2023 – 2040 Regulation 19 document for a six week period of representation from Friday 19 January 2024 to Friday 1 March 2024.

The full Draft Local Plan is on the Council’s website at Horsham District Local Plan

Copies of the Draft Local Plan can also be viewed at the Council’s offices, Parkside, Chart Way, Horsham, RH12 1RL and in all District libraries during normal opening hours.

The consultation period ends at 5pm on the 1st March and objections / comments can be made through the HDC website  or in writing. If your comments are made via the web they will be sent to the Planning Inspectorate as part of their review, if you send them by post it is not clear whether HDC have to send in your actual letter or can make a précis of it.

The role of the Planning Inspectorate is to assess whether the plan is ‘sound’ in relation to a string of policies.  To be ‘sound’ it has to be:

  1. ‘Justified’ meaning it is an appropriate strategy taking into account the reasonable alternatives, based on proportionate evidence.
  2. ‘Effective’ meaning that based on what has been submitted, the plan is deliverable over the plan period, and any key matters have been dealt with, rather than deferred in such a way as to limit the deliverability of the plan.
  3. ‘Consistent with national policy’ in relation to sustainable development according to the various policies in the framework and other national planning policies.

A number of local groups throughout the District are advising their members as to where they believe the District Local Plan fails on these 3 counts from their perspective. For example, in the Storrington & Sullington Parish there is a group called Stop Storrington Sprawl, which focuses on land north of Melton Drive/Downsview designated as part of the Green Gap between Storrington and West Chiltington in the Neighbourhood Plan, but accepted for potential housing development in the District Local Plan.
Stop Storrington Sprawl

Most of these local groups are not opposed to building where the community has been listened to and there is a delivered community benefit in relation to social housing, a high bio-diversity gain, future proofing homes for climate change and a true delivery of the required infrastructure (e.g. GP surgeries and other medical services, dentists, schools, roads, power lines, broadband, sewerage, public transport etc.). In general, these considerations have been expressed in Neighbourhood Plans supported by referendum votes and “made” by Horsham District Council.

Once a Neighbourhood Plan is “made”, it is accepted by the District Council as part of its Development Plan and should be used in the determination of planning applications within the Neighbourhood Plan designated area. This is the status of the Storrington, Sullington and Washington Neighbourhood Plan 2018-2031. Elements of the draft District Local Plan appear to be in conflict with several Neighbourhood Plans, including the one for Storrington, Sullington and Washington.

If you want to understand more, please come to the Parish Council Planning & Development Committee meeting at 7pm, 15 February, submit your opinion to Horsham District Council and keep an eye out for further meetings.


As you may be aware Horsham District Council has been monitoring air quality in the centre of Storrington for some time. An Air Quality Management Area (AQMA) was declared by Horsham District Council in December 2010. With an Air Quality Action Plan (AQAP) subsequently developed in 2012, in partnership with West Sussex County Council and the Parish Council. The AQAP details the measures proposed to reduce pollution levels to within European and UK Government objective levels in the centre of the village.

See the latest:

Storrington Air Quality Action Plan Sussex-Air Storrington Air Quality Monitoring Highways England A27 Arundel Bypass Consultation


Rampion 2 proposed onshore cable route

The DCO application for the Rampion 2 Offshore Wind Farm has been accepted for examination by the Planning Inspectorate. The application is for an offshore wind farm with an area up to approximately 196km2 comprising up to 90 wind turbines and associated foundations, inter-array cables connecting the turbines to up to three offshore substations, and export cables taking the power to shore at Climping.

The application includes all the onshore electrical infrastructure required to transmit the power to the final connection into the national electricity network at Bolney in Mid Sussex. This includes an underground onshore cable route approximately 38.8km long from the landfall at Climping to a new onshore substation at Oakendene, 2km east of Cowfold. The map, to be found at the bottom of the latest newsletter, shows the cable route crossing the A24 just south of the Washington roundabout.

Rampion 2 Newsletter