At a meeting earlier this month, councillors at Billingshurst Parish Council broadly expressed support for the creation of a neighbourhood plan but concluded the area's local plan would first need to progress further.
Councillor David Hart proposed that the council deferred the decision until after the inspector’s report into the Horsham District Planning Framework, according to the minutes.
At the meeting, councillor Paul Berry questioned how a neighbourhood plan could be prepared without the local plan being adopted.
Councillor Lesley Wilding added time would have been wasted on preparing a neighbourhood plan if the district planning framework does not go through.
Last week Department for Communities and Local Government chief planner Steve Quartermain said around 120 authorities had published plans.