Supplementary Planning Documents (SPD), Supplementary Planning Guidance (SPG), & Design Bulletins (Adur)
Following the Government's publication of a ministerial statement in March 2015 concerning its Housing Standards Review, the following note has been prepared to provide guidance on how affected local policies and guidance will be applied.
The Flood Risk Management Guide Supplementary Planning Guidance was adopted by Adur District Council in October 2015 to provide guidance for developers and decision makers on the design of new flood defence infrastructure at Shoreham Harbour.
Until the Joint Area Action Plan (JAAP) for Shoreham Harbour is adopted, the Flood Risk Management Guide will make clear what would be expected from developers of sites identified in the JAAP. This is of particular importance to the Western Harbour Arm where flood risk is greatest.
- Shoreham Harbour - Flood Risk Management Guide (6,940KB)
- Shoreham Harbour - Flood Risk Management Guide - Technical Annex (12,927KB)
- Shoreham Harbour - Flood Risk Assessment SPD Adoption Statement (21KB)
- Shoreham Harbour - Flood Risk Management Guide - Consultation Statement (764KB)
In January 2009 Adur District Council adopted a Good Practice Guidance Note: 'Internal Space Standards for New Homes' in response to growing concerns over the small size of dwellings being built in the District, particularly flats, and about their ability to provide satisfactory living conditions and be sustainable in the longer term.
In March 2015 the Government published nationally described space standards that will largely replace the existing different standards used by local authorities. The nationally described technical housing standards, which are very similar to those adopted in the Council's Good Practice Guidance Note, provide the nationally recognised standards for bedrooms, storage and internal areas in new dwellings across all tenures.
When adopted, the new Adur Local Plan (currently being prepared) will reference the nationally described space standards. Until that time the Council will expect relevant applications to adhere to either the standards set out in the Good Practice Guidance Note or the nationally described standards.
The national standards do not relate to conversions. Therefore, where the Council receives an application for a conversion to residential use, the internal and external space standards set out in the Council's Development Control Standard 4: Flat Conversions will continue to be given due regard. Furthermore, the new national standards do not provide information on external space standards for new dwellings and the Council's Development Control Standard 2: Space Around New Dwellings and Flats should be taken into account for relevant applications.
The houseboats of Shoreham are part of the town’s varied character providing a unique type of housing. However, an important aim is to ensure that the natural environment of this part of the river is conserved and enhanced. It is important to ensure there is no negative impact on the appearance of the area and on residential amenity.
This Good Practice Guide has been produced to advise existing and future houseboat owners on the type of development and changes which are appropriate to the houseboats and those which are not taking account of the need to protect and enhance the river environment whilst respecting the unique characteristics of the houseboat community. It also provides useful advice and information on nature conservation, land drainage, flood risk management and pollution.
Useful external websites:
- Environment Agency section of the gov.uk website
- Southern Water website
- Natural England - on the gov.uk website
- The 'Houseboats Good Practice Guide' (above) also contains many other useful website links
The Environment Agency are keen to help ensure that new development is as sustainable as possible and will therefore appreciate the opportunity to comment on your development proposals at an early stage.
The Environment Agency's guide for developers is designed to give practical advice on the environmental issues that may affect the site and provides some examples of sites where good practice has already been applied. Some of the topics covered in the guide include, managing the risk of flooding, using water wisely, wildlife and green space, managing waste and land affected by contamination. You can find this guide and links to further information below:
Flood Risk Standing Advice (FRSA)
Note: This document has been superseded by the Planning Contributions for Infrastructure Provision 2013 - see section below
An Interim Planning Guidance Note 'Planning Contributions for Infrastructure Provision' was approved by the Council in July 2013 to provide guidance to land owners and developers as to the contributions required towards new infrastructure provision to serve new development.
Until the new Adur Local Plan is adopted in 2015, the Guidance Note will make clear what infrastructure is required to be provided through the saved polices in the 1996 Local Plan and through Government guidance and policies. It expands upon these policies by setting out in detail how developers will be expected to contribute towards the provision of infrastructure (including affordable housing) in association with the development - either on-site or through a contribution to off-site provision. It also makes clear the infrastructure requirements of West Sussex County Council for new development impacting on the services the County is responsible for (including schools, libraries, fire and rescue facilities and transport) although it is advised that direct contact is made with the County Council regarding detailed requirements.
In February 2012 Adur District Council published a report on playing pitch provision in the District. The report provides an overview of the current supply and quality of sports pitches in Adur with reference to current and future demand. The report should be read as an update to the previous (more comprehensive) review of playing pitches that was undertaken in June 2007 and which still has some relevance (see A Playing Pitch Strategy for Adur below).
A Playing Pitch Strategy for Adur
Adur District Council and West Sussex County Council have funded the development of a Playing Pitch Strategy for Adur. This document looks at the provision of playing pitches and highlights deficiencies and opportunities.
Key areas of the study include :
- Analysing the current level and quality of pitch provision in the District
- Providing information for decision-making and future development proposals in Adur
Section 6 identifies priorities for action and key recommendations to carry this work forward.
Following consultation, the updated Interim Planning Guidance (IPG) was adopted in October 2011.
The purpose of the IPG is to provide prospective applicants with a summary of the existing planning policy framework for the Harbour and to provide an overview of the future development priorities for the Shoreham Harbour regeneration area.
- Design Bulletin No 2 - Shop Front Design (re-published February 2013) (1,227KB)
- Design Bulletin No 3 - Development Involving Horses in the Countryside (352KB)
- Design Bulletin No 4 - Shop Front Security (251KB)
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