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Responding to the decision by the Secretary of State on Thursday (16 March) to allow up to 97 houses at Hassocks, in contravention of the village’s emerging neighbourhood plan, Arundel & South Downs MP Nick Herbert said:
MP: Planning Inspector's proposals "totally unrealistic"
21 February 2017
Commenting on the Inspector’s interim conclusions on the housing requirement for the Mid Sussex District Plan, published yesterday (20 February), Arundel & South Downs MP Nick Herbert said:
MP wins protection for neighbourhood plans
14 December 2016
Arundel & South Downs MP Nick Herbert has won the backing of Government in response to his call for greater protection of neighbourhood plans from speculative development.
MP: undermining neighbourhood plans "discredits localism"
10 November 2016
Following Arun District Council’s approval of a housing development that contravened Angmering's Neighbourhood Plan, Arundel & South Downs MP Nick Herbert said:
Arundel & South Downs MP Nick Herbert has called on the Government to introduce more robust measures to protect neighbourhood plans from developers who are trying to “game the system”.
Minister suspends permission for Fontwell development
14 December 2015
The Government has instructed Arun District Council not to grant planning permission for 400 houses at Fontwell, pending a decision on whether the Secretary of State should determine the application himself.
Nick Herbert has spoken out strongly against large-scale solar farms near Ashurst, arguing that acres of panels will damage beautiful countryside.
The Government has issued new planning guidance emphasising the need to protect the landscape and respect emerging neighbourhood plans.
MP raises concerns over forest lodges plan
10 March 2015
Arundel and South Downs MP Nick Herbert has raised concerns over a plan to build lodges in 77 acres of woodland in the South Downs National Park, warning that it would transform a large area of natural woodland to become a "suburban-style theme park".
MP welcomes refusal of Crouchland farm waste bid
3 March 2015
Arundel and South Downs MP Nick Herbert has welcomed today’s decision (Tuesday 3 March) by West Sussex County Council to refuse retrospective planning permission for an expanded waste processing facility at Crouchland Farm near Kirdford.
Arundel & South Downs MP Nick Herbert has renewed his call on the Government to prevent speculative developments which undermine draft neighbourhood plans, warning that public support for localism is threatened when unplanned housing is permitted.
MP wins "important" new planning guidance
27 January 2015
The Government promised new planning guidance to "defend the interests of local authorities" after Arundel & South Downs MP Nick Herbert moved an amendment in the Commons yesterday (Monday 26 January) to abolish the Planning Inspectorate.
MP urges county councillors to reject Gatwick second runway
13 January 2015
Arundel & South Downs MP Nick Herbert has urged West Sussex county councillors to reject the plans for a second runway at Gatwick, calling it “an unsustainable proposal that will damage our villages, towns and countryside”.
MP calls for drilling compensation to property owners
10 December 2014
Arundel & South Downs MP Nick Herbert has called for direct compensation to be paid to the owners of property affected by underground drilling for shale oil or gas.
Arundel & South Downs MP Nick Herbert and Mid Sussex MP Sir Nicholas Soames have described the Mayfield new town proposal as "friendless" with "none of the qualifications for a garden city or town" after the Government announced a new garden town in Oxfordshire this week.
MP to raise planning concerns in Commons
3 December 2014
Arundel & South Downs MP Nick Herbert will call for villages to be protected from excessive development, and green spaces between settlements to be maintained, when he speaks in a Commons debate next week.
MP marches with villagers against new town
24 November 2014
Arundel & South Downs MP Nick Herbert joined 300 villagers in a march against the proposed new town between Barnham, Eastergate and Westergate Sunday (23 November).
MPs blast Mayfield new town at planning examination
19 November 2014
West Sussex MPs Nick Herbert (Arundel & South Downs) and Sir Nicholas Soames (Mid Sussex) blasted the Mayfield new town proposal when they appeared before the Planning Inspector in Horsham yesterday.
MPs seek to counter Mayfield New Town claims
4 November 2014
Arundel & South Downs MP Nick Herbert and Mid-Sussex MP Sir Nicholas Soames have asked to appear before the Planning Inspector who this week begins his examination of Horsham District Council's local plan.
Arundel & South Downs MP Nick Herbert has welcomed the Government's announcement this week (Monday 28 July) that fracking will not take place in National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty save ‘in exceptional circumstances and where it can be demonstrated they are in the public interest'.
West Sussex MPs Nick Herbert (Arundel & South Downs) and Sir Nicholas Soames, (Mid Sussex), spoke out against plans for a 10,000 house development in front of an audience of over 500 people on Friday evening (21 June).
MP objects to Farnborough air space proposals
14 May 2014
Arundel & South Downs MP Nick Herbert has warned that proposals to expand airspace at Farnborough Airport would have a "devastating" impact on the Southdown Gliding Club.
MP asks Arun councillors to reconsider housing plans
30 April 2014
Arundel and South Downs MP Nick Herbert has written to Arun District councillors ahead of their Full Council meeting today (Wednesday 30 April) asking them to reconsider major housing developments at Angmering and between Barnham, Eastergate and Westergate in their Local Plan.
Arundel & South Downs MP Nick Herbert has expressed his concern that Arun District councillors failed to take into account new Government planning guidance after they voted to approve large scale development between Barnham and Eastergate and further housing in Angmering.
Arundel & South Downs MP Nick Herbert has urged residents to back proposed neighbourhood plans in Arundel and Kirdford, saying that they give "power to the people" and will help to protect green spaces.
Arundel and South Downs MP Nick Herbert has welcomed changes to planning guidance announced by the Government last week, saying that they would be "very helpful" in West Sussex and "should ensure a better balance between housing and protecting the countryside."
MP objects to Ham Fields development in Hassocks
10 March 2014
Arundel and South Downs MP Nick Herbert has written to Mid Sussex District Council asking them to refuse permission to build on Ham Fields in Hassocks.
Flooding reveals inadequate infrastructure for new housing
11 February 2014
Arundel & South Downs MP Nick Herbert has questioned the adequacy of local infrastructure to support planned housing numbers in West Sussex following recent flooding.
MP warns against back door housing targets
28 October 2013
Arundel and South Downs MP Nick Herbert has warned that housing numbers must be sustainable, and that allowing a "developer-led" approach will not deliver the additional housing that is needed, but "merely deliver a great deal of pain".
MP raises concerns over location of exploratory drilling
28 October 2013
Arundel and South Downs MP Nick Herbert has raised concerns over the location of proposed exploratory drilling for oil or shale gas between Kirdford and Wisborough Green in his constituency.
MPs reiterate opposition to West Sussex new town
23 October 2013
Arundel & South Downs MP Nick Herbert and Mid Sussex MP Nicholas Soames have reiterated their strong opposition to a proposed new town between Henfield and Hickstead in West Sussex.
Arundel and South Downs MP Nick Herbert has called on the Government to keep its promise to let local people determine the scale of development in their area.
MP urges villages to back Neighbourhood Plans
5 July 2013
Arundel and South Downs MP Nick Herbert has urged villages in his constituency to draw up Neighbourhood Plans in order to give people more control over development in their local area.
Sussex MPs slam Mayfields new town plan
24 June 2013
Mid Sussex MP Nicholas Soames and Arundel and South Downs MP Nick Herbert have united to condemn the proposed Mayfields new town of up to 10,000 houses between Henfield and Sayers Common.
Arundel & South Downs MP Nick Herbert has called on councillors to reject "excessive" housing numbers and ‘garden city' developments after the latest Arun District Local Plan retained the controversial proposals.
Arun District Council is planning a new 'Garden City'-style development of 2,000 houses between Eastergate, Westergate and Barnham, it has been revealed.
MP calls for new measures to ensure local infrastructure
17 December 2012
Arundel & South Downs MP Nick Herbert has called for new measures to ensure that there is adequate local infrastructure to support new housing.
Neighbourhood Planning "in danger of being undermined", warns MP
6 November 2012
Arundel & South Downs MP Nick Herbert has warned that the Government's new policy on neighbourhood planning is in danger of being undermined by a return to central diktat.
Arundel & South Downs MP Nick Herbert has called a public meeting in Angmering to hear views from the local community about proposed housing developments in the village.
400 villagers attend MP's meeting on housing plans
1 October 2012
More than 400 residents of Barnham, Eastergate and Westergate attended a public meeting called by Arundel and South Downs MP Nick Herbert on Friday evening (28 September) to make their views known on housing proposals.
Higher housing numbers are "unwise, unnecessary and unwelcome."
25 September 2012
Arundel & South Downs MP Nick Herbert has criticised proposals in the Draft Arun District Plan to increase housing numbers beyond the level proposed by the Council last year.
MP calls public meeting to discuss 'six villages' housing proposals
11 September 2012
Arundel & South Downs MP Nick Herbert has called a public meeting later this month to discuss proposals to build thousands of houses in the 'six villages' area of West Sussex.
"I pledge to work hard for everyone in the constituency, to stand up for local people, and to be a strong voice at Westminster for your concerns"