Referendum on the Adoption of the Burwash Neighbourhood Plan

The Burwash Neighbourhood Plan Referendum will take place on Thursday 16 June. If the referendum is successful the Plan will be ‘made’ by the Council and form part of the development plan for Rother District.

Decision to take the Burwash Neighbourhood Plan to Referendum (Regulation 18, 2)

Having considered the recommendations made by the Examiner’s report, and the reasons for them, Rother District Council in conjunction with Burwash Parish Council (the Qualifying Body) has agreed to accept the modifications made to the draft plan under paragraph 12(6) of Schedule 4B to the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 in response to the Examiner’s recommendations/modifications.

Details for the referendum will be published in due course.

Judicial Review

The decision for the Burwash NP to proceed to referendum was challenged by an application for a judicial review of that decision. The judicial review application has been dismissed by the High Court for Justice.


9 Jul 2021Decision to go to Referendum (Regulation 18, 2)

Rother District Council decided to take the Burwash Neighbourhood Plan to Referendum.

Burwash Neighbourhood Plan 2020 – 2028 (Referendum Version)
Burwash NP – Appendix P: The Assessment of Development and Opportunities of Opportunities in Burwash Village
Burwash NP – Schedule of Modifications (June 2021)
Burwash NP – Decision Statement (9th July 2021)
13 May 2021Publication of the Examiners Report (Regulation 18, 1)

The Examiner produced the Report in which modifications were recommended that would enable the Plan to proceed to Referendum.

Burwash NP – Examination Report
20 Jan – 13 May 2021Examination of the Burwash Neighbourhood Plan (Regulation 17)

Andrew Ashcroft was appointed to undertake an independent Examination of the Burwash Neighbourhood Plan and was sent the Plan, along with the supporting documents and representations.

Burwash NP – Examination
11 Sep – 6 Nov 2020

Submission Consultation (Regulation 16)

Rother District Council carried out the regulation 16 submission consultation for the Burwash Neighbourhood Plan.

Burwash NP – Submission Consultation Representations
27 Aug 2020

Submission of the Burwash Neighbourhood Plan (Regulation 15)

Burwash Parish Council submitted the Plan to Rother District Council.

30 May – 18 Jul 2019

Pre-submission Consultation (Regulation 14)

Burwash Parish Council carried out the pre-submission consultation on the draft Plan between 30 May 2019 and 18 July 2019.

19 Oct 2018

Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) Screening Opinion

Rother District Council provided a formal SEA Screening Opinion for the Burwash Neighbourhood Plan.

7 Jun 2016

Designation of Burwash Parish as a Neighbourhood Area (Regulation 7)

Rother District Council confirmed that the marked area shown on the submitted map (being that of Burwash Parish) was formally designated as a Neighbourhood Area.

14 Apr 2016

Application for the designation of Burwash Parish as a Neighbourhood Area (Regulation 5)

Burwash Parish Council (as the relevant body) submitted to Rother District Council an application for the designation of Burwash Parish as a Neighbourhood Area.

This application included the following:

  • A map which identifies the area to which the area application relates
  • A statement explaining why the area is considered appropriate to be designated as a Neighbourhood Area
  • A statement setting out why Burwash Parish Council is a relevant body for the purposes of section 61G of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990

For more information, please visit the Burwash Neighbourhood Plan website.