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Parking Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) Consultation – opportunity to comment on amended draft SPD

Parking Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) Consultation – opportunity to comment on amended draft SPD

South Downs National Park Authority (SDNPA) is consulting on an amended draft Parking Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) (full title – Guidance on Parking for Residential and Non-Residential Development) and a Consultation Statement.

We would like to hear your views on these documents. Further details of how to respond to the consultation are given below.


SDNPA previously consulted on the draft Parking SPD for eight weeks between 24 September and 19 November 2020. As a result of the representations received the draft Parking SPD has been amended. The Consultation Statement contains a summary of each representation received, and the response and action taken by SDNPA.

The purpose of the Parking SPD is to give clear direction to all those involved in the planning application and decision making process regarding the provision of parking for new development in the South Downs National Park (SDNP). The Parking SPD applies to both residential and non-residential development and, along with some locally specific Neighbourhood Development Plan policies, will replace all previous standards provided by the county councils in the SDNP once adopted.

The Parking SPD will be a material consideration for relevant planning applications once adopted.

Responding to the Consultation

The consultation will run for a period of six weeks, starting on Thursday 4 February 2021.

All comments must be received by 11.59pm on Thursday 18 March 2021.

Please respond by email to or in writing to Planning Policy, South Downs National Park Authority, South Downs Centre, North Street, Midhurst, West Sussex, GU29 9DH.

After the end of the consultation period, any comments received will be considered in reviewing the amended draft SPD prior to adoption.

Please note, the service below requires officer time to come into the South Downs Centre and is strictly for those who have no other means of accessing the documents. The South Downs Centre is currently closed and staff are working at home.

If you need a printed copy for someone who is unable to access the internet, or there are special circumstances where a hard copy of the document is needed please contact SDNPA on 01730 814810.

Leave a message, stating your name and address and that you would like printed copies.

Details of previous consultation

The consultation was carried out from 24 September to 19 November 2020.

The Parking SPD was approved for consultation by the members of SDNPA’s Planning Committee on 13 August 2020. The Committee Report and minutes are available on the SDNPA website, see the link below. The Parking SPD was item 11 on the agenda.

A screening exercise was carried out on the Parking SPD for the purposes of Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) and Habitats Regulations Assessment (HRA). A Draft Determination Statement for SEA and HRA is also published for consultation. The statement sets out SDNPA’s determination under Regulation 9(1) of the Environmental Assessment of Plans and Programmes Regulations 2004 on whether or not a Strategic Environmental Assessment is required. The statement also sets out the SDNPA’s determination as to whether Appropriate Assessment is required under the Conservation of Habitats & Species Regulations 2017 (as amended).


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