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Village Design Statements

Village Design Statements

Village Design Statements should be used by communities who want to influence the design of future development in their town or village.

Village Design Statements are used to identify and analyse local character so that future development is more in harmony with its setting and contributes to the conservation and improvement of the local environment. They are eligible for adoption as Supplementary Planning Documents, at which point they become a material consideration and are used to ensure that applications contribute to local distinctiveness, and ensure local materials and design are incorporated into new development.

Current Consultations

Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012 Regulation 12, 13 and 35 – Adoption of a Supplementary Planning Document.

Village Design Statements (VDS) are prepared by local communities. They describe the character of the landscape and built environment of their parish and include guidelines to help ensure that this character is conserved and enhanced in any new development in the area.

Hambledon Parish Council have submitted their VDS to the South Downs National Park Authority (SDNPA) to be adopted as a Supplementary Planning Document. The SDNPA must publish the draft VDS for a minimum of 6 weeks and invite representations from any interested party. Following the public consultation period SDNPA’s Planning Committee will consider any representations received and decide whether it is appropriate for the Hambledon VDS to be adopted by the SDNPA as a Supplementary Planning Document.

The document will, when adopted, provide further detail to policy SD5 (Design) of the South Downs Local Plan

The South Downs National Park Authority hereby invites comments from any interested party on the Hambledon Village Design Statement. Documents will not be made available in deposit locations due to the current COVID-19 pandemic. If local residents have difficulty in accessing documents online, please contact the telephone number or email address below.

Tel: 01730 814810

Any comments must be made in writing by email or by post to:


By Post to:      Planning Policy Team, South Downs National Park Authority, South Downs Centre, North Street, Midhurst, West Sussex, GU29 9DH

The consultation commences on 29 January 2021 and closes at 5pm on 12 March 2021

Comments cannot be accepted after this time.

Adopted Village Design Statements

The South Downs National Park Authority has established a system to consider all Community Led Plans produced in the National Park for endorsement or adoption. For more information regarding the adoption or endorsement of your community led plan please contact Chris Paterson at the South Downs National Park Authority.

The following plans have been adopted as Supplementary Planning Documents by the South Downs National Park Authority.


East Dean and Friston






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