Following the successful referendum result in November 2017 the neighbourhood plan immediately had statutory force but still needed the approval of the planning authority, the South Downs National Park Authority.

The planning committee of the National Park Authority considered the plan on 14 December 2017 and agreed to make the Liss Neighbourhood Development Plan part of the Authority’s Development Plan for the parish of Liss.

The plan has now been through all its stages and is finally approved.

The Development Plan is the name given to all the statutory plans that cover an area such as Liss. In the case of Liss these include the Liss Neighbourhood Development Plan, the East Hants Joint Core Strategy and the Hampshire Minerals and Waste Plan. All planning applications within Liss must be determined in accord with these plans.

The various stages in the approval of the Liss Neighbourhood Development Plan are set out on the website of the South Downs National Park Authority ( and also outlined below.


We are delighted to tell you that the Referendum on Thursday 9th November 2017 resulted in a substantial YES vote for the Liss NDP.

The figures were :

1251 Yes votes ( 87.2% ) and 177 No votes ( 12.3% ) there were a few spoilt votes.

The turnout was 30%, which is quite respectable. (Petersfield was 20%).

The plan will now be adopted by the South Downs National Park Authority as part of the Development Plan for Liss.
Once adopted, planning decisions in Liss will have to be taken in accordance with The Plan.


Following the recommendation of the independent examiner, there will be a referendum held in the village on Thursday the 9th of November 2017.

Voting will be organised by East Hampshire District Council – keep a look out for your invitation and please make every effort to vote.

Click here – the plan – for more details.

The Liss Neighbourhood Development Plan public hearing

The Liss Neighbourhood Plan was submitted to the South Downs National Park Authority for examination (regulation 16) on 28 November 2016. A period of public consultation was held from 16 December 2016 to 10 February 2017 inviting representations on whether the Liss Neighbourhood Plan meets the basic conditions, and other matters set out in paragraph 8 of Schedule 4B to the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 (as amended).

The independent examiner has reviewed the representations received and considers a hearing is necessary to ensure adequate examination of a number of issues that have arisen which are set out in the agenda which is available on the South Downs website. One day will be set aside for the public hearing. The public hearing will open at 10.00 am on Friday 30th June 2017 at Liss Village Hall, 41 Hill Brow Rd, Liss GU33 7LA.

For additional information please see the South Downs National Park website via the link below.

The Liss Village Neighbourhood Development Plan submitted

Following the decision of the Liss Parish Council on 21st November 2016 to submit the Plan to the South Downs National Park Authority, The Liss Village Neighbourhood Development Plan was submitted on Monday 28th November 2016.

To see the submitted plan (which is the plan as it was before being considered by the independent examiner) and the supporting Background Documents click here.

The plan is now in the hands of the SDNPA to check the documents, and take the plan through its next stages, including advertising the plan in order to receive any objections.



Two hundred people visited an exhibition in the Village Hall at which was displayed all the key policies and housing development briefs now available in the pre-submission Neighbourhood Plan.
The consultation period is now underway and closes on 16 May 2016.

Your views are important and will be carefully considered by the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group before the Plan is forwarded to The South Downs National Park Authority for their consideration.

Opinion at the exhibition was broadly supportive of the Draft Plan and the need for additional housing is clearly accepted.

The rationale for the preferred new housing sites was explained to those who attended and many commented on the need for affordable housing in the village, both for local younger families and the more elderly who wish to downsize.

Many expressed concerns about the infrastructure being able to cope, particularly with regard to the volume of traffic, parking, adequacy of some roads and level crossing issues.

The Steering Group is very aware of these and other points such as recreation facilities and schooling and will aim to ensure that the Plan addresses them as best it can.

Sir John Dunt, Chairman

Liss Village Forum and Exhibition

Over 150 people visited our Forum and Exhibition on Friday evening and Saturday 23rd/24th October.

The volunteer Steering Group, set-up early this year, presented the latest proposals for site locations within the village and is now asking for feedback relating to these suggested sites.

If you have any thoughts, comments or questions, please get in touch via our ‘contact us’ page or by letter c/o The Parish Council office.

Copies of the proposals will be on show at the Parish Council Office and Triangle Centre.



Liss forum asks for feedback on homes plans

120 people packed into Liss Village Hall on Saturday morning, 11th July to hear about the findings so far in preparation for the Liss Neighbourhood Plan. People have up until the end of August to give their views on possible housing sites before they are looked at in more detail and proposals for sites drawn up. Volunteer Steering Groups were set up earlier this year to represent a cross-section of the community. Four sub-working groups of local people are gathering information on:-

  • Housing Need
  • Housing Sites, Criteria and Design
  • Community Facilities, Infrastructure and Business
  • Environment

Sir John Dunt, chairman of the Steering Group said: “I think it was an extremely useful forum. It is very important for us to get the views of all the Liss community. We shall be taking forward all of the points made as we develop the Neighbourhood Plan.”

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