Planning Policy Overview



Planning policy is concerned with preparing plans and documents that guide the location of development throughout the area within the planning remit of Arun District Council, which is that area outside the South Downs National Park falling within Arun District.  These are then used to determine submitted planning applications.


Local Development Scheme

All planning documents are produced in line with the Council’s Local Development Scheme.  A Local Development Scheme (LDS) sets out the plan making programme for the preparation of the statutory development plan over a 3 year time period. 

Local Development Scheme 2018-2021.pdf [pdf] 138KB

Arun Local Development Scheme Gantt Chart.xlsx [xlsx] 14KB


Statement of Community Involvement

The Statement of Community Involvement enables the local community to find out how we will actively seek to engage individuals and organisations in the plan-making process.  In brief, the Statement of Community Involvement outlines our plans for community consultation and involvement in the production of new documents and in the determination of planning applications.  It sets out:

  • Who we aim to engage with
  • When and what the council will consult on
  • How the council will engage during consultations.

The Council has adopted a revised Statement of Community Involvement at its Full Council Meeting on the 9 January 2019.  A copy of the SCI can be viewed by clicking:  SCI 2018-2021.pdf [pdf] 247KB


Arun’s Development Plan

The Development for Arun District, for the area falling outside of the South Downs National Park comprises of the:

  1. The West Sussex Waste Local Plan 2014;
  2. The Joint Minerals Local Plan 2018;
  3. The Arun Local Plan 2011-2031 (July 2018);  and
  4. ‘Made’ Neighbourhood Plans.

The Arun Local Plan 2011-2031 (July 2018) supersedes all policies in the Arun Local Plan 2003.  The Arun Local Plan 2003 also covers the area of Arun District which falls within the South Downs National Park (SDNP) which is the planning authority and so the 2003 Arun Local Plan remains part of the Development Plan for that area until the SDNP adopt a new Local Plan.



Monitoring is important as it serves to provide information to people and organisations who are interested in finding out more about the work that the Council are involved in, the development of planning policy, and how effective current planning policy is in guiding development and land use.
The Localism Act 2011 introduced changes to the regulations governing how local authorities publish monitoring reports. It requires every authority to produce a series of reports containing information on the implementation of the Local Development Scheme, the progress and effectiveness of the Local Plan, and the extent to which the planning policies set out in the Local Plan documents are being achieved. The Authority Monitoring Reports replace the Annual Monitoring Report, which was used to monitor the performance of development plan documents.

Neighbourhood Plans

Neighbourhood planning is a new way for communities to decide the future of the places where they live and work. The government introduced the community right to neighbourhood planning through the Localism Act, enabling local people together with the local authority to produce their own neighbourhood plan, which reflects their particular needs and priorities. An adopted neighbourhood plan must be considered alongside the local plan by planning officers when making a decision on development applications. The council is working closely with a range of groups within the Arun district who are seeking to produce neighbourhood development plans.


Duty to co-operate

The Duty to Co-operate places a legal duty on local planning authorities, and other public bodies to engage constructively, actively and on an ongoing basis to maximise the effectiveness of Local and Marine Plan preparation in the context of strategic cross boundary matters. For more information about the work Arun District Council are doing with its partners under the ‘duty to co-operate’ please see the document  Duty to Cooperate.pdf [pdf] 40KB


The Localism Act (2011)

The Localism Act received Royal Assent in 2011. Its aim is to devolve more decision making powers from central government back into the hands of individuals, communities and councils. The key measures of the act were grouped under four main headings;
  • New freedoms and flexibilities for local government
  • New rights and powers for communities and individuals
  • Reform to make the planning system more democratic and more effective
  • Reform to ensure decisions about housing are taken locally
In terms of planning the Localism Act has meant:
  • Giving communities the power to set the priorities for local development through neighbourhood planning
  • Requiring local planning authorities to draw up clear, up-to-date Local Plans that conforms with the National Planning Policy Framework, meeting local development needs
  • Reflecting local people’s views of how they wish their area to develop
  • Giving councils the power to raise money to support local infrastructure through the community infrastructure levy
  • Giving communities the right to receive and spend a proportion of community infrastructure levy funds on the local facilities they want
  • Giving councils new powers to stop unwanted development on gardens (so-called ‘garden grabbing’)
Within the Localism Act 2011 there are provisions relating to neighbourhood planning, provision for the revocation of Regional Spatial Strategies and changes to regulations on the monitoring reports that local authorities are required to publish. The Act also introduced a duty to co-operate and comprehensive regulation of the way local authorities co-operate with each other, the County Council and many other people and organisations in relation to planning for sustainable development.

National Planning Policy Framework & Planning Practice Guidance

The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) was published by the UK's Department of Communities and Local Government in March 2012. It consolidates over two dozen previously issued documents called Planning Policy Statements (PPS) and Planning Policy Guidance Notes (PPG) for use in England. The framework acts as guidance for local planning authorities and decision-takers, both in drawing up plans and making decisions about planning applications. New online guidance has been launched in response to a review of planning practice guidance carried out by Liberal Democrat peer Lord Taylor of Goss Moor, recommending that 237 guidance documents in use should be cancelled and replaced with a single online resource. The aim of this guidance is to support and elaborate on the National Planning Policy Framework.