View and comment on planning applications

To view and/or comment on planning applications within the Horsham District, please search the Planning System by clicking the button below.

To comment, click the Comments tab. Before you comment on an application, please read our guidance on submitting comments under the section 'What comments are taken into account' below.

The Planning application system will be unavailable between 9am on Friday 22 October until 5pm on Monday 25 October. During this time it will not be possible to view planning applications or the Related Documents.

We apologise for any inconvenience during this maintenance period.

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Valid planning applications (From the 1 April 2012), which fall within the South Downs National Park are only available to view on the South Downs National Park Authority website.

View South Downs National Park Planning Applications

The Council is required to make publicly available, details of all formal Enforcement Notices served on properties or land. It is a statutory requirement under Section 188 of the Town & Country Planning Act 1990 for every district planning authority to keep and maintain a register of notices, which relate to their area that is open for  public inspection at all reasonable hours.

The Enforcement Register is part of the Planning Public Access system. To search for a case related to Planning Enforcement use the search function below and enter a keyword, reference number, postcode, single line of an address or use the advanced search to view Planning enforcement orders, Planning enforcement notices, Stop notices and Breach of condition notices.

Search for a planning enforcement case

What comments are taken into account?

We welcome any comments, whether in support of an application or objecting to it, but in making a decision we can only take account of planning considerations. The lists below outline what a relevant planning material consideration is and what an irrelevant consideration is.

This list is not exhaustive and the information you enter will be made available on our website.

Relevant material considerations

  • Planning Policy including government guidance
  • Case law and previous decisions
  • Highway, safety, traffic and parking
  • Noise, disturbance and smells
  • Overshadowing and loss of privacy
  • Effects on listed buildings and areas of conservation
  • Loss of trees
  • Design, appearance, materials and character

Irrelevant considerations

  • Matters covered by other legislation
  • Effect on value of property
  • Private property right
  • Personal and financial circumstances
  • Loss of views
  • Moral or religious issues
  • Restrictive covenants
  • Private disputes between neighbours

Offensive, racist, discriminatory, threatening and other statements that are not appropriate will not be published.

  • Offensive statements lower a person's reputation personally within their trade, profession or business.
  • Racist statements are those that are offensive or discriminate against individuals on racial grounds, including their race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origins. Gypsies and other minorities are racial groups.
  • Statements that discriminate on grounds of religion, sexuality or disability will also not be published.
  • Comments that include such statements will be rejected and returned back to you but can be resubmitted in a more acceptable form.

The Council is bound by the Equality Act 2010 which applies to those providing services and public functions and prohibits direct and indirect discrimination and harassment all of which these types of remarks might amount to.

What personal information will be published about me if I comment?

We collect your name, address, email address and telephone number when you make a comment. We use the data you give us to verify your identity and to help ensure that the process of making comments is not left open to abuse.

Since the introduction of General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) we do not publish the name of a person making a comment. We will also not publish your email address or telephone number to the public.

If a person requests that their address is removed from the public domain we can offer to do this and publish the comment, but the comment may be treated as anonymous and may not be taken into account.

The content of comments form part of the Statutory Register and we have a duty to make this information available to the public.

What happens after I comment?

Submitting a Petition

Objections in the form of petitions about current planning applications that have not yet been decided. are acceptable provided that:

  • Each page of the petition is headed with the aim of the petition
  • The objection(s)/representation(s) are valid and clearly stated
  • The name and address of the petition coordinator is included for acknowledgement (an acknowledgement will not be issued to individual signatories)
  • It is received on or before the consultation expiry date

For a petition to be classed as 'valid', it must include the planning application reference number, full names, addresses and signatures. We accept any format that can reasonably identify itself as a petition. Completed petitions can be sent by email to or posted to our offices for the attention of Development Management.

Public Access User Guide

A Public Access User Guide has been produced to help you search for information through Public Access.

Using our material

Plans, drawings and other material submitted to the local authority are protected by the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 (section 47). You may only use material which is downloaded and/or printed for consultation purposes, to compare current applications with previous schemes and to check whether developments have been completed in accordance with approved plans. Further copies must not be made without the prior permission of the copyright owner.