From 1 April 2011 the South Downs National Park Authority (SDNPA) became responsible for all planning in the South Downs National Park. The Authority will deal with about 4,000 planning applications a year, making it the 8th largest planning authority in the country.
In preparation for this the National Park Authority invited the 15 Local Authorities, within the National Park, to provide the day to day planning services on its behalf. All 15 Local Authorities reached an agreement during the Summer of 2010, including Wealden District Council, and a binding legal agreement was signed and completed in November 2010 committing all of the Local Authorities to work with the SDNPA towards delivering the planning service in this way.
However, from 1st April 2012, Wealden District Council will no longer carry out this work on behalf of the National Park Authority.
What does this mean?
Wealden District Council will continue to process and determine valid planning applications that were received up to 31st March 2012 on behalf of the National Park Authority. After this date, the South Downs National Park Authority will take on the responsibility for dealing with planning applications.
How do I find out if I live within the South Downs National Park?
Enter your postcode into the 'Do I live in the National Park?' (external link) search on the South Downs National Park website to find out if your property, or application site, lies within the boundary of the South Downs National Park.
Where do I submit my planning applications after 1 April 2012?
If you live within the National Park boundary you should submit your planning applications to South Downs National Park Authority at:
If you submit your application through the Planning Portal, this will be routed automatically to the SDNPA.
For further details, please see the Frequently Asked Questions (pdf) document which has been produced by the National Park.
How can I view applications that have been submitted to the South Downs National Park?
Please go to the SDNPA Planning website (external link), where you can search for planning applications that have been submitted from anywhere within the South Downs National Park boundary. You can search in a variety of different ways, including between specific dates, or within a specific local authority area, or for applications received and validated or decisions issued. You will be able to view the documents held for each planning application.