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Supplementary Planning Documents (SPD), Supplementary Planning Guidance (SPG), & Design Bulletins (Adur)

Consultation: Draft Supplementary Planning Guidance: Sustainable Energy

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Consultation: Draft Supplementary Planning Guidance: Sustainable Energy

A key aim of the adopted Adur Local Plan (2017) is to make progress towards a low carbon, sustainable community through sustainable construction, energy efficiency, and the use of renewable energy, and to make a significant contribution to low and zero carbon energy production.

The draft SPD aims to clarify existing policy in Adur Local Plan and emerging policy in the Shoreham Harbour Joint Area Action Plan (JAAP). It presents clear guidance on how applicants can comply with policy and submit information to Adur District Council in a way which can easily be assessed by planning officers. The draft SPD describes the various different renewable energy technologies and how they can be applied to developments. Its clarifies the different energy requirements for the different plan areas in Adur (the Shoreham Harbour JAAP area and the remaining area in Adur). It also describes how an energy statement can be developed and what this should cover.

The draft Sustainable Energy SPD will apply to:

  • new major residential and non-residential developments proposed in the Adur LP area
  • new development in the Shoreham Harbour Regeneration Area (excluding householder applications)
  • new development in the proposed Shoreham Heat Network Area (excluding householder applications)

However, this SPD encourages all developments to submit energy statements to demonstrate how they are delivering clean, smart sustainable, development, in the spirit of the wider sustainability objectives of the Plans.

The Draft SPD will be made available for consultation for a period of 8 weeks, from Monday 8th April 2019 to 5pm Friday 31st May 2019.

Paper copies of the document will also be available for inspection at the Adur & Worthing Councils' offices at Portland House, Worthing, the Shoreham Centre and libraries in Adur.

Comments must be made in writing.

Please email comments to:

Or write to:

  • Adur District Council,
    Planning Policy Team,
    Portland House,
    44 Richmond Road,
    Worthing,
    BN11 1HS

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Guidance Note on Intertidal Habitats

Adur District Council has prepared a guidance note for developments that have the potential to have significant impacts on intertidal habitats. This has been prepared in collaboration with the Environment Agency, Natural England and Sussex Wildlife Trust. It sets out a hierarchical approach of avoid-mitigate-compensate which should be adopted for all development in the vicinity of these habitats.

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Supplementary Planning Document: Demonstrating Genuine Redundancy of Employment Sites

A key aim of the adopted Adur Local Plan (2017) is to ensure that the local economy continues to grow. This requires a variety of good quality land and premises provided in the right place and supported with the right infrastructure. This is a significant challenge as land supply is heavily constrained and competition for available sites increases, particularly given the national drive to significantly increase housing delivery. The Plan aims to address this necessary economic growth through the allocation of new employment sites, and the protection of existing ones.

However, at the same time the Council recognises the need for flexibility, and that in some, limited circumstances, there may be a genuine case for loss of part of an existing employment site to another use. This Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) supports, and expands on Policy 25 of the Adur Local Plan 2017. It provides clarity on the circumstances where change of use or redevelopment to alternative uses may be appropriate and the criteria which would have to be satisfied in order to obtain planning permission for these alternative uses. It also seeks to ensure that the loss of any existing employment site (land or premises) is not at the expense of the local economy.

This SPD has been prepared to help people, particularly prospective applicants, to better understand the intentions of the policy; the steps they will need to go through, and the information they will need to supply to support any planning application which would result in loss of employment floorspace.

Details of the public consultation process can be found in the Statement of Consultation below:

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Guidance Note - Housing Standards Review

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.

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Shoreham Harbour Flood Risk Management Guide SPD

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.

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Good practice guide - Houseboats

HouseboatsThe 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.

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Environment Agency Guidance

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)

The Flood risk assessment: local planning authorities - on the gov.uk website.

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Development Control Standards - Space around dwellings and flats

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Development Control Standards - Extensions and alterations to dwellings

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Interim Supplementary Planning Guidance for Affordable Housing

Note: This document has been superseded by the Planning Contributions for Infrastructure Provision 2013 - see section below

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Planning Contributions for Infrastructure Provision 2013

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.

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A strategy for Shoreham Renaissance

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Playing pitch strategy

Interim report

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.

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Shoreham Harbour Interim Planning Guidance (IPG)

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.

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Design Bulletins

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