Supplementary Planning Documents (SPDs) and other guidance


About Supplementary Planning Guidance (SPG) 

Supplementary Guidance Notes are prepared by the Local Planning Authority to provide additional advice and guidance on specific planning issues within the district. They are non-statutory documents, but are a material consideration that the council will take into account when considering an application. In addition to which the Council has produced two Supplementary Documents. The Council has produced the following Supplementary Planning Guidance, building upon policies in the Local Plan, providing more detailed advice on particular topics or areas:


Arun District Design Guide SPD – Adopted 25th January 2021

Buttons can be found at the following locations:

  • Table of Contents: Buttons before each section and letters-buttons before each chapter.
  • Cover of each section: Letter-buttons before each chapter title and round button next to the section title bringing you to the beginning of the document.
  • At each page at the top right corner: Section indication leading you to the beginning of the section and chapter-letter buttons getting you to the beginning of each additional chapter.
  • Round icons at the beginning of the abbreviation table, the reference list and the glossary linking you to the beginning of the document.
  • At the reference list, all document titles are linking to the additional resources.

Due to the size of the Arun District Design Guide, it has been divided into the 3 main sections at a lower resolution.  As a result, there are bits of the interactivity that are lost, although some elements still remain within each section.

ADDG SPD_Section 1.pdf [pdf] 9MB

ADDG SPD_Section 2.pdf [pdf] 19MB

ADDG SPD_Section 3.pdf [pdf] 10MB


Arun Parking Standards

The Arun District Parking Standards takes standards and evidence produced and consulted on by the County Council, along with its own documentation and tailored it to make it applicable to the situation within Arun District.  The Parking Standards SPD relates to the amount of parking, cycle and electric vehicle charging points expected to be provided within development of differing sizes.

The Arun District Council Parking Standards January 2020 SPD was officially adopted at the Full Council meeting of 15th January 2020.  The document and the relevant statement of adoption can be viewed using the links below.

Arun Parking Standards SPD.pdf [pdf] 1MB
Adoption Statement.pdf [pdf] 612KB

The previous Parking Standards – October 2000 will go through the process of revocation following this decision and a notice put on this page once this has finished.


Arun District Public Open Space, Playing Pitches and Built Facilities

The Arun District Council Public Open Space, Playing Pitches and Built Facilities January 2020 SPD was officially adopted at the Full Council meeting of 15th January 2020.  The document, associated Open Space & Play Calculator and the relevant statement of adoption can be viewed using the links below or at Civic Centre, Littlehampton; Bognor Town Hall or any of the libraries within Arun District. 

Arun District Public Open Space, Playing Pitches and Built Facilities SPD (hyperlinked to 3rd attachment). Note the previous .pdf version  of the OS SPD uploaded after adoption on 15 January 2020 has been replaced with the corrected version with regard to  header and footer dates (i.e. January 2020 - not May 2019) and an amended footnote 4 on page 14 to correctly describe the threshold for off-site contributions for Play space. Further addendum June 2020: the Final OS SPD linked below has been edited to delete the following last sentance text in para 4.20 which was incorrect -  In instances where the number of dwellings falls between 34 – 83 there will be a need for on-site provision of a LEAP in addition to an off-site contribution towards a NEAP.”


A simple step by step toolkit to help stakeholders with using the Open Space SPD is found below.

The Open Space .xls Calculator applies thresholds for helping to determine on and off-site contributions. However, with the introduction of the Community Infrastructure Levy (1 April 2020) in Arun, some developments will now be CIL liable and therefore off site provision not permissible via s.106 but will need to be made via CIL monies. Please consult ADC staff should this be the case or if there are other circumstances that affect on-site provision.


The previous Open Space & Recreation Standards – October 2000 will go through the process of revocation following this decision and a notice put on this page once this has finished.


Other Guidance

Changing Places toilets

Arun District recognises that there are a proportion of the population with complex disabilities and impairments but that they need to be able to safely and comfortably spend time away from home.  On this basis the District Council wish to promote the inclusion of Changing Place Toilets in as many suitable developments as possible.

ChangingPlacesGuide.pdf [pdf] 1MB

The leaflet below sets out:

  • What these should incorporate;
  • Where these cane be provided;
  • The benefits of providing these facilities;
  • The potential costs involved;  and
  • How they can be installed.


New Conservation Area 

Craigweil House was designated by Arun District Council on the 15th April 2009 as a new Conservation Area. It should be noted that Craigweil House is now an additional Conservation Area supplemental to the list of Conservation Areas shown in the Supplementary Planning Guidance Document published in October 2000.


New Standards for Affordable Housing

On the 21st February 2007 Full Council agreed to use new standards for affordable housing which are in line with PPS3. It was agreed that after 1st April 2007 all applications for affordable housing should be considered against the new standards, which can be viewed on the Housing evidence page. 


Accommodation for older people and people with disabilities

The document and comment forms that were consulted on can be seen below:

Accommodation for Older People and People with Disabilities FINAL Consultation document.pdf [pdf] 1MB

Representation Procedure FINAL Representation Procedure.docx.pdf [pdf] 100KB

Comment Form  Comment Form May_2019.pdf [pdf] 112KB   FINAL Representation Procedure.docx.pdf [pdf] 100KB


ARCHIVED DECEMBER 2020 - Arun District Design Guide 

Regulation 12b Public participation (4 weeks)

16th September to 5pm on 14th October 2020

The Council have considered the responses received during the consultation which closed on 21st February 2020 and the document has been revised to address the representations and suggestions received during the consultation.

The Council is making this information available under Regulations 35 (Availability of documents: General) and 12b (Public participation) of the Town and Country Planning Regulations (2012) for 4 weeks from 16th September to 5pm on 14th October 2020. 

The summary of the representations is included in the Consultation Statement and the revised Design Guide SPD and the Non-Technical summary is available below:


Due to COVID-19 restrictions we are unable to have any hard copy deposit points so the documents can only be viewed electronically.  This complies with the temporary suspensions of Regulation 35 and the temporary suspensions in the Arun Statement of Community Involvement.

If you wish to make any further representation, please email  or
write to
Design Guide
Planning Policy Team
Arun Civic Centre
 Maltravers Road
West Sussex
BN17 5LF

If you wish to be notified of adoption of the SPD then please include this in a separate statement at the beginning or end of any correspondence.  All correspondence must be received by 5pm on 14th October 2020.