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Supplementary Planning Documents, briefs and advice notes

The South Downs National Park Authority (SDNPA) produce a range of documents which add further detail to the policies in the Local Plan. They can be used to provide further guidance for development on specific sites, or on particular issues, such as design.

Supplementary Planning Documents (SPDs)

Wealden Heaths Phase II Special Protection Area Supplementary Planning Document (SPD)

The Wealden Heaths Phase II Special Protection Area SPD provides guidance for applicants where development proposals will result in a net increase in residential development (including Traveller Accommodation) within 400 metres of the Wealden Heaths Phase II Special Protection Area (SPA). The document sets out the approach that East Hampshire District Council and the SDNPA will take to help meet the need for Gypsy, Traveller and Travelling Showpeople accommodation and rural affordable housing exception sites as this need cannot be met solely outside of the 400 metre buffer zone.

The SPD was adopted by the SDNPA on 12th July 2018 and East Hampshire District Council on 31st July 2018.

The adopted Wealden Heaths Phase II SPD, SEA Screening and Environmental Impact Assessment can be accessed as follows:

Village Design Statements which have been adopted as Supplementary Planning Documents can be can be found on our Village Design Statements page.

Affordable Housing Supplementary Planning Document

The Affordable Housing SPD will provide guidance to support the implementation of the South Downs Local Plan, in particular Policy SD28: Affordable Homes and Policy SD29: Rural Exception Sites. Public consultation on the draft SPD was held in September – November 2019.  An amended draft SPD and Consultation Statement has been published for comment until Monday 6th April 2020. 

Further details on the consultation are available here.

Sustainable Construction Supplementary Planning Document Consultation

The South Downs National Park Authority is consulting on the draft Sustainable Construction Supplementary Planning Document (SPD).

The SPD provides further guidance to support the implementation of the South Downs Local Plan policies, in particular Policy SD2: Ecosystem Services, Policy SD3 Major Development, Policy SD22: Parking Provision (where it relates to electric vehicle charging), Policy SD48 Climate Change and Sustainable Use of Resources.

The SPD therefore supports Local Plan Objective 6: To adapt well to and mitigate against the impacts of climate change and other pressures. It covers a number of detailed matters relating to new development including: energy and water efficiency, the use of low or zero carbon energy, use of sustainable materials, minimising waste and measures for adapting to climate change.

The Sustainable Construction SPD is available to view here and can also be viewed at the South Downs Centre, North Street, Midhurst, West Sussex, GU29 9DH.

A draft Habitats Regulations Assessment (HRA) and Strategic Environment Assessment (SEA) screening report on the draft Sustainable Construction SPD has been sent to Historic England, the Environment Agency and Natural England for comment.

The consultation will run for a period of 8 weeks, commencing on Monday 27th January 2020. All comments must be received by 5pm on Monday 23rd March 2020.

We would like to hear your views on the document. Please respond by email to planningpolicy@southdowns.gov.uk 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 draft SPD prior to adoption.

Technical Advice Notes (TANs)

Extensions and Replacement Dwellings Technical Advice Note

This Technical Advice Note (TAN) has been produced to guide applicants and decision-makers in interpreting relevant policies in the South Downs Local Plan. It relates to proposals for domestic extensions, outbuildings and annexes, and to proposals for replacement dwellings.

The Local Plan should be read as a whole. However, this TAN has been produced specifically to assist in the interpretation of the following SDLP policies:

  • Policy SD30: Replacement Dwellings
  • Policy SD31: Extensions to existing dwellings, and provision of annexes and outbuildings

Ecosystem Services Technical Advice Notes

These technical advice notes support South Downs Local Plan Policy SD2: Ecosystem Services. They explain what ecosystem services are, and how they apply to development proposals.

Dark Skies Technical Advice Note

This technical advice note supports South Downs Local Plan Policy SD8: Dark Night Skies. It provides developers and planners with information required to submit / assess lighting schemes which protect the South Downs International Dark Skies Reserve.

Sustainable Construction Technical Advice Note

This technical advice note supports South Downs Local Plan policy SD48: Climate Change and Sustainable Use of Resources.

There are 5 sustainability checklists for different types of development:

  1. Single dwellings
  2. Small residential development (2-9 units)
  3. Large residential development (10 units and above)
  4. Minor Non-residential development (250m2 -1000m2)
  5. Non- & Multi-Residential Development (1000m2 plus and 0.5ha plus)

There are no specific sustainable construction requirements for residential extensions, including those with a floor space over 100m2 .

The TAN and the checklists provide developers and planners with information required to submit sustainability statements and set out the evidence needed to meet conditions relating to achieving policy SD48.

In 2020 a Supplementary Planning Document will be published providing more detailed guidance.

Development Briefs

The SDNPA has produced development briefs for four significant sites which have been identified as suitable for housing in the South Downs Local Plan policies SD64, SD81, SD82 and SD89. The development briefs, which were all subject to public consultation in the Spring of 2018, set out how the Authority expects the sites to be developed and will provide guidance for any subsequent planning applications.

 

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