The development management team deals with all planning applications in the District. We are a proactive service ensuring all applications for new developments comply with local planning policies. The team also deal with appeals against refusals of planning permisson.

Planning Advice

The Government's Planning Portal provides planning advice on common household projects as well as a number of interactive tools. You can also make an online planning application using the planning portal.

Follow the link below to find out more about the Planning System.

The Planning System

From 30 May 2013 the Government has introduced new permitted development rights to allow for larger house extensions as well as changes to commercial properties. Full details of the criteria and procedures are contained in the legislation and on the Planning Portal .

Important: Discharge of Conditions

From the 10th February 2014 a formal process for the discharge of conditions attached to the grant of Planning Permission or Listed Building Consent is in place. We require applicants/agents to submit all necessary information pursuant to each condition they wish to discharge under the cover of a formal application form enclosing the relevant fee.

Pre-application Advice

You can submit a preliminary enquiry in writing or by e-mail . You will need to enclose sketch plans and a written description regarding your proposal. We will endeavour to provide an informal written response within 28 working days as to whether planning permission is needed and if it is likely to succeed.

For properties within the South Downs National Park there is a charge for preliminary enquiries. Charges will be reviewed for the rest of the Horsham District in 2013.

Please note you will need permission from Building Control to construct a conservatory, carport, porch or covered yard with an area of more than 30 square metres.

Get advice from a duty planning officer

The Duty Officer is a useful first point of contact for members of the public and will:

  • Advise on matters of procedure and process
  • Provide, where possible, help with the interpretation of plans and drawings
  • Comment on development potential/changes of use
  • Advise on permitted development rights
  • Explain planning policy for extensions and alterations to domestic dwellings
  • Explain planning policy for small-scale commercial developments
  • Explain planning policy small-scale advertisements
  • Advise on minor external alterations to commercial properties

Most site specific enquiries cannot be addressed without the benefit of thorough research, consultation and a site visit. The Duty Officer is therefore unable to deal with such enquiries and you will be asked send in your full details and a full description of any proposed scheme (pre-application proposals).

The Duty Officer will not:

  • Provide advice to agents (need to submit pre-application proposal in writing)
  • Provide written advice. (need to submit pre-application proposal in writing if this is what you require)
  • Discuss any larger-scale development proposals (need to submit pre-application proposal in writing)
  • Discuss with applicants or agents the technical merits of current applications, recently refused applications or appeals. In this instance, an appointment should be made with the relevant Case Officer Decide minor amendments to planning permissions.

Any advice given by the duty planner does not indicate any formal decision by the Council as Local Planning Authority. Any views or opinions expressed are given in good faith and to the best of ability, without prejudice to the formal consideration of any planning application following statutory public consultation, the issues raised and evaluation of all available information.Should you have a specific query about a particular planning application or appeal you should contact the Case Officer using the contact details, where it will be possible to arrange an appointment with them if necessary.

The Duty Officer is available from 9.00am -5pm Monday to Thursday and 9.00am-4pm on Fridays at the Council Offices - no appointment is necessary