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With England in a national lockdown, the Government advice is to stay at home. Find information here on how to enjoy the National Park virtually, and how our services are operating during this time.

Pre-application advice

Seeking pre-application advice before you make a planning application can help  to increase the chance of making a high quality planning application that is faster to process.

Use the below pages to find out more about pre-application advice from the South Downs National Park Authority.

If you have any queries not addressed by the below, you can email 

As a result of unprecedented staff absence due to illness we are unfortunately experiencing delays in processing the planning caseload.

We apologise for any inconvenience that may be caused by your comments not appearing online in the normal timeframe, but please be assured that case officers are receiving all information before making any recommendations or decisions.