A neighbourhood planning referendum will be held for the ‘Southwater Parish Neighbourhood Development Plan to 2031’ on 6 May 2021.

The question to be put to voters is as follows:

‘Do you want Horsham District Council to use the neighbourhood development plan for Southwater Parish to help it decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area?’

An elector is entitled to vote in the referendum on the 6 May 2021 if the following is true:

  • The elector is entitled to vote in a local government election in the referendum area; and
  • The elector’s qualifying address for the referendum is in the referendum area. A person’s qualifying address in, in relation to a person registered in the register of electors, the address in respect of which he or she is entitled to be registered.

The referendum will be conducted in accordance with procedures which are similar to those used at local government elections.

The specified documents are available to download below. We suggest that you read the Information Statement to understand more about the referendum. The document below titled Southwater Neighbourhood Plan (August 2020) is the proposed the neighbourhood development plan for Southwater Parish which the referendum question relates.

If you have difficulties in viewing to the Plan and associated documentations online please in the first instance contact the relevant parish council office or alternatively please contract the District Council at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by callling 01403 215398 at the earliest possible opportunity so that we can take this into account. Each enquiry will be reviewed on a case by case basis.

With COVID-19, Horsham District Council has reviewed its protocols regarding referendums and in order to progress safely, we have made a decision that hard copies of the Neighbourhood Plan and associated documents will be viewed by appointment only at Parish Council offices and at the District Council offices.

Hard Copies of the documents can be viewed at the following locations by appointment only at the following locations during the relevant office hours:

Southwater Parish Council, at Beeson House, 26 Lintot Square, RH13 9LA - please phone 01403 733202 to arrange an appointment

Horsham District Council, at Parkside, Chart Way, Horsham, RH12 1RL  - please phone 01403 215398 and ask to speak to the neighbourhood planning officer or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to arrange an appointment to view the documents.

Press Notices

Regulation 5 of The Neighbourhood Planning (Referendums) Regulations 2012 places a restriction on the publication of material by the Parish Council relating to the neighbourhood plan in the run up to the referendum. This regulation does however confirm that the Parish council can publish factual information where the sole purpose of the publication is to refute or correct any inaccuracy in material published by a person other than the relevant council. The Parish Council will monitor statements made about the plan in the run up to the referendum on 6th May 2021 and publish a ‘Fact Check’ where it is considered appropriate to do so. The published Fact Checks will be uploaded below: