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Following Government advice to stay safe and protect the NHS, we are working hard to continue to deliver for you. Find information here on how to enjoy the National Park virtually, and how our services are operating during this time.

Planning Committee

Planning Committee

Covid-19 Update 

Following the most recent Government Advice, the Authority has moved all upcoming Authority and Committee meetings onto a virtual platform, including Planning Committees from June 2020.

Committee Members

The Planning Committee comprises the following Members of the South Downs National Park Authority:

  • Alun Alesbury (Chair)
  • Heather Baker (Deputy Chair)
  • Janet Duncton
  • Thérèse Evans
  • Barbara Holyome
  • Diana van der Klugt
  • Gary Marsh
  • William Meyer
  • Robert Mocatta
  • Vanessa Rowlands
  • Andrew Shaxson

Ex officio Members for Planning Policy items only
(may participate on Policy Items but not vote, no participation on Development Management Items)

  • Ian Phillips

The Committees Terms of Reference are available in Appendix 4 of the Authority’s Standing Orders.

Local Protocol for Members and Officers Dealing With Planning Matters.

The Openness of Local Government Bodies Regulations are in force, giving a right to members of the public to record and report on proceedings at committee meetings. Please read our Filming, Recording and Reporting of SDNPA Meetings Protocol for more information.


All Planning Committee meetings are broadcast for public viewing through our webcasting portal.

You can watch the meetings live or on-demand for up to 6 month after the meeting.

At the start of the meeting the Chair will make an announcement that the meeting may be filmed, recorded or photographed.

Webcasting is undertaken in the public interest and in the exercise of our official authority, any public speaker attending the virtual meeting room are consenting to being filmed, recorded and photographed.

If you have any queries regarding this please contact

Planning Items under delegated authority

Due to the covid-19 pandemic, no Planning Committees were held for April and May 2020.

The following  pages show items which came before the Director of Planning in line with the delegated Authority set out in the Authority’s Standing Orders.

Forthcoming meetings

Previous meetings

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