Current Projects

In addition to its statutory duties and the day-to-day running of the Parish, the Council is often involved with specific projects as part of its Strategic Objectives.

Go Ahead for Development of a Neighbourhood Plan

At an Extraordinary Meeting of the Council on 23 March 2017, it was resolved to develop a Parish Neighbourhood Plan. This decision was taken in light of the overwhelming support for such a Plan from those who had responded to the Council’s six-week Consultation on the subject. At a subsequent Public Meeting on 15 May 2017, a Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group (NPSG) was formed, including the appointment of members and the election of a Chairman. Gill Whatley, Council’s Administrative Assistant, has also agreed to act as Administration Co-ordinator for the Group. The Group can be contacted on or via the Parish Office – see Contact for more details.

A Neighbourhood Plan is a local development plan for a specific place (in our case, the Parish). It is drawn up by a community working with the local planning authority (in our case, East Hants District Council and South Downs National Park Authority) and is approved by an independent inspector before going to a community referendum. Once approved, the Neighbourhood Plan will be a legal document that seeks to influence future planning decisions within the Parish until 2036.

The vision for the Neighbourhood Plan is to conserve and enhance the Parish of Rowlands Castle as an attractive community whilst maintaining its separate identity, character and distinctiveness.

Calling all residents of Rowlands Castle Parish – It’s time to have your say!
During w/c 15 October 2018 all households within the Parish received a copy of the Rowlands Castle Neighbourhood Plan (RCNP) Survey about future housing and other needs within the Parish of Rowlands Castle. The NPSG hopes that everyone will take this opportunity to engage with the RCNP so that together we can help to ensure the Parish continues to be a place where we love to live. If you would prefer to complete the questionnaire on line, you can do so here: The closing date for returning completed surveys if officially 30 November 2018, though surveys received shortly afterwards will still be accepted.

For copies of the Reports made by the NPSG Chairs to the Parish Council at regular intervals, please see:
2017.12.04 (incorrectly dated 2018 on Report)

For more information, please see:
NPSG’s Terms of Reference
Notes of Public Meeting on 15.05.17
Confirmed Minutes of Extraordinary Council Mtg on 23.03.17
Results from Consultation on Potential Parish Neighbourhood Plan
Display Boards for NP Exhibition in February 2017
RCPC Chairman’s Welcoming Address to NP Exhibition in February 2017
Leaflet on Potential for RC Parish Neighbourhood Plan December 2016

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