Ford Strategic Site



The Arun Local Plan 2011-2031 identifies a number of ‘Strategic Allocations’ which are areas of land (sites) that have been identified to provide residential and commercial development to meet local housing and employment needs throughout the plan period (2011-2031).

The Arun Local Plan 2011-2031 identifies the Ford strategic allocation, under policy H SP2c (SD8), as providing at least 1,500 dwellings over the plan period. Developments must take into account sustainable transport links for all modes of transport between Ford Railway Station and Littlehampton/Arundel Cycleway, provide new ‘two-form’ entry primary school and nursery places, provide a Community Hub to meet identified local needs of retail, commercial and community facilities, a new Tier 7 library facility and provision of new healthcare facilities/or expansion of existing facilities for Ford, Yapton and Climping.

Two new sports pitches and changing facilities are to be incorporated and a new 3G pitch facility is to be provided to serve the east of the District. Improvements to the A259 between Climping and Littlehampton must be included within the development, while incorporating planned new employment provision, reflect the historic alignment of the old canal, maintain a visual separation between Ford & Yapton and Climping & Ford within the layout and landscaped open space of the development and take into account the siting of Ford Wastewater Treatment Works.


Progress of Infrastructure provision within the Strategic Site or in Arun as a whole can be found in the Infrastructure Funding Statement (IFS)

The aim of this statement is to provide an update on all matters regarding developer contributions (Section 106 (S.106) and Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL)) during the previous financial year.

Our first IFS was published in September 2020 to cover the period from April 2019 to 31st March 2020.  Please view our current IFS here: Infrastructure Funding Statement and Developer contributions | Arun District Council

The council collects all CIL contributions for all types of Infrastructure (from 1st April 2020) but it does not generally collect S.106 contributions for the provision of schools, highways, libraries or the fire service (although, in some cases S.106 for these items are retained for these projects, in agreement with the county council).  In most cases, these items are the responsibility of West Sussex County Council (WSCC).  Therefore our IFS should be read in conjunction with the WSCC IFS to identify how S.106 from specific development sites have been spent across the board.   

Please view the current WSCC IFS here: Section 106: Planning obligations - West Sussex County Council


Please select the information below to see an overview of the approved development.  We will provide updates to bring you the latest information.

If you wish to contact us regarding any of the Strategic Sites, please email


Latest News

February 2021: Outline application F/4/20/OUT Outline planning application received in respect of 1500 dwellings, 60 bed care home, two form entry primary school, employment floorspace, retail and commercial uses, public open space, sports pitches and associated facilities.  This application is currently underdetermined as at July 2021.  Application submitted for reconfiguration of Ford Market submitted under F/5/20/PL, this application is currently undetermined as at July 2021.

December 2020: Arun District Council has received a Masterplan Document  23885 Masterplan Document A25.pdf [pdf] 10MB or the strategic development site at Ford (SD8) and is asking for members of the public to submit their views.

The Masterplan includes a vision for the site and how the proposals will deliver a high quality and sustainable place.  The Masterplan illustrates how the proposals have evolved over time through previous community engagement and highlights important factors that will need to be considered as part of future planning applications. The development site will deliver at least 1,500 dwellings before 2031 and associated infrastructure, including a new local centre with a primary school.  

The Council is seeking residents’ views on the Masterplan Document prior to it being presented to the Development Control Committee for endorsement on 3 February 2021.  Subject to endorsement, a series of planning applications would then be required to deliver the scheme. These applications would need to be in line with the approved Masterplan.

The consultation will run from 9am on 14 December 2020 until 5pm on 14 January 2021. Comments should be submitted to Arun District Council via We are aware that it is not ideal to consult over the Christmas period so we have extended the consultation  to allow additional time for comments to be submitted.

Cllr Martin Lury, Cabinet Member for Planning said: “The Ford Strategic Development site was allocated in the adopted Arun Local Plan. This Masterplan Document seeks to deliver 1,500 homes towards the Council’s requirement for 20,000 dwellings before 2031, along with associated infrastructure. The Masterplan Document seeks to set the Principles upon which future planning applications will be based.”

February 2020: The Exhibition Boards relating to the proposed development on Ford Airfield  which were displayed at the recent exhibition at Yapton and Ford Village are available to view on Ford Parish Council’s Website. Please see:  Please note these plans are the Developers proposal’s and these have not yet been submitted as a formal planning application

January 2020: Please see: Exhibition of Plans for Ford Airfield Development.docx [docx] 15KB

November 2018: The Planning Department has received an Environmental Impact Scoping Report relating to proposed development at Ford. 

Following consultation, the scope of the EIA as identified within the Environmental Impact Assessment Scoping Report (November 2018) is acceptable.  Arun District Council’s response and the Scoping report can be viewed under reference F/19/18/EIS.

A submission of a formal Environmental Statement, together with a full planning application for the development is expected to follow later this year (2019).



Plans will be available once a planning application is received.