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Search For Planning Applications

We became the planning authority for the whole of the National Park on 1 April 2011 taking over responsibility from 14 local authorities.

Applications made since 1 April 2012

All applications made across the National Park since 1 April 2012 can be viewed, in real time, through our Public Access system.

Having problems finding the information you need? Read our Guide to Using the Public Access System or find the answers to Frequently Asked Questions.

Applications made from 1 April 2011 to 31 March 2012

During our first year planning applications remained hosted with these local authorities on their own planning systems.

Commenting on an application

The best place to view and make comments supporting or objecting to all applications across the National Park using our Public Access System.

All comments submitted online through the Public Access System are published instantly and become formal parts of the application documentation which can be viewed by the public straight away. While we make every effort to remove contact information such as email addresses, telephone numbers and signatures it is advisable not to include any information you don’t wish to be made public.

Alternatively you can send comments to us by post addressed to SDNPA, South Downs Centre, North Street, Midhurst, West Sussex, GU29 9DH or to Comments received via email or post may take up to five working days to become available online.

What will or won’t be taken into consideration by planning authorities?

Planning authorities – either us or the local authority acting on our behalf – are only allowed to take ‘material planning considerations’ into account when considering your comments.

There are many material considerations but the most common include:

  • Loss of light/overshadowing
  • Overlooking/loss of privacy
  • Visual amenity (but not loss of view)
  • Adequacy of parking/loading/turning
  • Highway safety / Traffic generation / Road access
  • Smells, Noise and disturbance resulting from use
  • Hazardous materials
  • Loss of trees
  • Effect on listed building and conservation area
  • Layout and density of building
  • Design, appearance and materials
  • Landscaping
  • Local, strategic, regional and national planning policies,
  • Proposals in the Development Plan
  • Government circulars, orders and statutory instruments
  • Disabled persons’ accessibility
  • Compensation and awards of costs against the Council at public enquiries
  • Previous planning / appeal decisions
  • Nature conservation
  • Archaeology

The following are NOT considered to be be valid planning concerns:

  • Affect on property value
  • The loss of view
  • The impact of construction work or competition between firms
  • Restrictive covenants
  • Boundary, access matters or ownerships disputes
  • Personal moral issues or opinion of the applicant