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Application Search Post 1987 & Weekly Lists

Page Contents:

View the Latest Planning Applications and Comment on them

About the Planning Database

Commenting on Planning Applications

Weekly Lists

General Guidance


View the Latest Planning Applications and Comment on them





About the Planning Database

This website links directly to Arun District Council's Planning database and is a register of planning applications received since 1987. This search facility is best used  to search for applications when you know the reference number or you are looking for applications received or decided between certain dates. In addition to giving the basic application details, the following documentation can be viewed:

  • Planning Decisions since May 1992 to date
  • Application Forms and Plans  since 1st November 2005 to date
  • Representations since 1st June 2012 to date.

As this search facility only includes planning applications received post 1987, it would be best to use the Site Search facility for a full site history as this will show  all applications linked to a site/address. If you wish to search for Building Regulation applications you must use the Building Control Tracker.

From 1 April 2012 the South Downs National Park Authority has been responsible for all planning matters that fall within the National Park boundary. To check whether a site lies within the South Downs National Park please see www.southdowns.gov.uk/communities/do-i-live-in-the-national-park/

Arun District Council will continue to hold all planning related records from 1948 up until 31 March 2012 for sites within the Park, but for records post 1 April 2012 it will be necessary to check their records on their website http://www.southdowns.gov.uk/planning/view-planning-applications. Customers wishing to view the full site history for a property within the Park will need to check both the Arun District Council website and the South Downs National Park website. Please note that Arun District Council will continue to be responsible for all Building Control throughout the District regardless of whether it lies with the Park boundary

Please bear in mind, that when you search, the system can only return the data you have asked it to search for. Extra care should be taken when entering addresses and descriptions as our records may be held slightly differently. For example a site may be known as "land rear of"  or there be a house name. If this is not included in the search field it will not be found.  The system is only as up to date as our live data base and there will always be a delay between an application being received in the office and it appearing on the data base. In some cases it may be necessary to visit the office to ensure you have a full site history and customers are always encouraged to carry out a formal Local Land Charge Search.

Arun District Council makes every effort to ensure the accuracy of information held on this website  but cannot accept responsibility for and disclaims all responsibility for any loss or damage which may arise from the use of the information provided. No responsibility will be taken for any errors or omissions in the planning history information obtained by customers carrying out their own research on the Arun District Council website. Any actions taken as a result of information displayed on the site are undertaken entirely at the viewer’s own risk. .

Arun District Council publishes documents that are submitted by applicants as part of planning applications but we have no control over the fact that they may contain links within them to other web sites. Please be aware that if you click on a link, you may be taken to sites that are nothing to do with Arun District Council and that Arun District Council is not promoting or in any way recommending the services or products that these may well be advertising or promoting.

Planning application information submitted to the Council is protected by the Copyright Acts (Section 47, 1988 Act). The Council may make documents available only for more convenient inspection,  for example to compare current applications with previous schemes. You must not make further copies without the prior permission of the copyright owner.

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Commenting on Planning Applications

We welcome your views on most types of planning application which can be viewed on line using the search facility above or by visiting the Council offices and viewing them on line at the public access computers in reception. You can object, support, raise no objection or just make an observation. All representations must be in writing and you can do this on line by clicking on the “Enter Comment” on the application you are interested in or by writing in to The Assistant Director Planning and Economic Regeneration at the Arun Civic Centre, Maltravers Road, Littlehampton BN17 5LF.  We must make all comments available for public inspection and since 1 June 2012 all comments have been made available on this website. Please ensure that your views are clear and only relate to planning related issues. Only include information that you are happy for the public to view and do not include personal information or comments from third parties unless you have their permission to do so. Personal telephone numbers, email addresses and signatures will not be published on our website but will be on the original documents on the paper file and available for people to see if they visit the Civic Offices. There is a limited time in which you can make comments on an application and this will be indicated in the "Comments Due" field on applications where we are inviting comments. Please note that in the case of  householder or minor commercial applications, where there is a subsequent appeal against refusal of planning permission, which is to be dealt with on the basis of representations in writing,any representations made about the application will be sent to the Secretary of State and there will be no further opportunity to comment at the appeal stage. Letters of representation will not be acknowledged but if you do make a comment using the online facility you will get an email containing the response that you have submitted. If you write in you will not get an acknolwedgement but can check that we have received it by looking to see if your letter can be viewed on the website. Please note that where we receive letters  or emails on an application they may be batched together with other letters on the same application on the website. They will all be taken into individual consideration by the case officer when they determmine the application regardless of whether they are shown in batches or individually on the website. Also, whilst all comments are now published on the website there will be a delay while the document is scanned and personal information blocked out. On large applications it can take up to 5 days for comments to be scanned due to the high volume of comments received .You will get an error message and be unable to view the document if you try and view it whilst it is is in the middle of this process. If however you are still unable to view the document after 24 hours of getting the error message please contact us.

You may also wish to speak to your local councillor about your views. If you have commented on an application and it is to be considered  by Councillors at the Development Control Committee or in the case of householder applications in Littlehamton, the Littlehampton Town Council Planning and Transportation Committee, you may be able to speak at the meeting. Please see the booklets below for further information on making comments and the public speaking procedure.

Guidance Booklet: How to respond to planning applications [pdf] 331KB

Guidance Booklet: Public Speaking at Planning Committee [pdf] 385KB

If you have commented on an application you will be advised if the application is going to be determined by the Development Control Committee or  the Littlehampton Town Council,  Planning and Transportation Committtee and you will be informed of the decision.

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Weekly Lists

Every Friday we publish a Weekly List which contains all planning applications received and decisions made in the previous week.  On the applications where we are inviting public comment, you will be able to click on the reference number to view the details and make your comments.  On all other types of application you will only be able to view the documents relating to the application.

View the latest published lists:

Advertised on 20/11/2014 [pdf] 81KB

Advertised on 13/11/2014 [pdf] 96KB

Advertised on 06/11/2014 [pdf] 95KB

Advertised on 30/10/2014 [pdf] 103KB

Advertised on 23/10/2014 [pdf] 89KB

Advertised on 16/10/2014 [pdf] 48KB





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General Guidance

These web pages will be unavailable between  1.00 am and 1.15 am and 6.55am and 7.30am everyday for backups.

Quick Reference Guide [pdf] 144KB to using the documents viewer (how to move images, magnify and scale or measure).

If you are experiencing problems accessing our system please view our Tips to resolve problems [pdf] 74KB which should help you

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Technical Problems

Please note if you try to view a letter of representation/document  and it is not possible to view it although there is an entry, please wait 24 hours as there is a time delay between scanning the document and blocking the signatures on the document. It will not be possible to view it until it has been blocked.

Some users are also experiencing problems when accessing planning documents. It is to do with the version of Adobe that you are using. Adobe has recently upgraded its product to Reader version X10.1.2 and has caused the problem.

Adobe have issued a patch. We have loaded it on an external home pc and it has fixed the problem. Go to http://helpx.adobe.com/acrobat/kb/pdf-opens-grey-screen-browser.html and follow the instructions.

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