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 25 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] 9MB

ADDG SPD_Section 2 [pdf] 19MB

ADDG SPD_Section 3 [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 15 January 2020.  The document and the relevant statement of adoption can be viewed using the links below. The published Arun Parking Standards SPD is replaced by an amended copy in August 2021 to remove two typographical errors; one in paragraph 2.8; and one  in table 2.2. which should clearly have stated that the Electrical Vehicle charging (EVC) point requirement applies per house with “a garage or driveway” (i.e. the inclusion of “and” in place of “or” should not have arisen in the final editing (this is substantiated by the earlier versions and preparatory Planning Policy Sub-Committee reports).

Please note, although not specified in the SPD, parking demand calculations are based on gross internal floor area (GIA) when dealing with planning applications. This is consistent with the West Sussex County Council approach (and nationally described space standards) on which the Arun standard is derived, and which should be adopted when applying the Arun Parking SPD to your development.

Arun Parking Standards SPD [pdf] 521KB
Adoption Statement[pdf] 612KB

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 15 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. 

Please note: addendum June 2020: the Final OS SPD linked below has been edited to delete the following last sentence 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.



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] 1MB

The leaflet sets out:

  • what these should incorporate
  • where these can be provided
  • the benefits of providing these facilities
  • the potential costs involved
  • how they can be installed


New Conservation Area 

Craigweil House was designated by Arun District Council on 15 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 21 February 2007 Full Council agreed to use new standards for affordable housing which are in line with PPS3. It was agreed that after 1 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] 1MB

Representation Procedure FINAL Representation Procedure [pdf] 100KB

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


Creating Healthy Places -  a public health and sustainability framework for West Sussex

West Sussex County Council has published ‘Creating Healthy Places – a public health and sustainability framework for West Sussex [pdf]’ which explains what they expect to be considered when forming proposals to address health and wellbeing matters.  On 1 June 2021, the Planning Policy Committee agreed to this as a material consideration when determining planning applications.