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Draft Village Design Statements

Draft 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. Communities across the National Park are in the process of preparing Village Design Statements, these will be subject to public consultation as set out in the Authority’s Statement of Community Involvement.

Current Consultations

Easebourne Parish Council submitted the Easebourne Parish Design Statement (EPDS) to the South Downs National Park Authority to be adopted as a Supplementary Planning Document.

The SDNPA will now carry out public consultation required to adopt the EPDS as a Supplementary Planning Document as set out in the Authority’s Statement of Community Involvement.

The consultation will run for a period of 8 weeks from Tuesday 22 November to 23:59 on Tuesday 17 January 2023.

A copy of the Parish Design Statement and supporting consultation statement is available to view at the South Downs Centre, North Street, Midhurst, GU29 9DH.

Alternatively you can access the Parish Design Statement following the links below.

To make a representation please email Consultations@southdowns.gov.uk by 17 January 2023.


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