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Horsham District Council is the planning authority for the area. Southwater Parish Council is a statutory consultee in relation to all planning applications, whether this be a small extension or a major development within the parish boundaries. Planning regulations have changed, allowing a greater amount of permitted development (development where planning permission is not required providing appropriate criteria are met). For further information as to whether such permission is required see Horsham Planning Portal.

As a Statutory Consultee the Parish Council may make recommendations on such applications to the District Council. In cases where the Parish Council has objected to an application and the District Council is of a different verdict they will take this into account and the Parish Council can request that this planning application be referred to the relevant District Council Planning Committee for further consideration. Members of the public are welcome to both the District and Parish Council planning meetings and may speak at these meetings provided that they have registered to do so.

When a Parish Councillor is issued with a planning application, they may make contact with the applicant and neighbouring properties to gauge their opinions and to look at the plans on site. There is no legal requirement for them to do so, nor is there a legal requirement for the applicant to allow the Councillor on site, although this can be helpful when assessing and discussing the application. Should the Parish Councillor visit the site, then they will produce identification stating that they are indeed a Parish Councillor, this can be verified by contact the Parish Clerk's office on 01403 733202.

Parish Councillors will then complete a written report, and will then discuss this at the Parish Planning Committee at which the application is to be heard. All plans are notified to the public by way of a Meeting Agenda, and post on notice board at Beeson House. The Parish Council's Planning Committee normally meet each month with exception of August when the Council is in recess. August, planning applications are delegated to the Clerk, Deputy Clerk Chairman of Council, Chairman and Vice-Chairman of the Planning Committee. This group will make the recommendation, which will be ratified at the next Planning Committee in September.

If an applicant or resident wishes to speak for or against an application, they may do so at the Parish Council's Planning Committee meeting. This will require prior notification and registration with the Clerk's office.

Once a recommendation is made, this is notified to the District Council's planning department within two working days.

If the Parish Council has an interest in a planning application, it will always declare this (when known) and make no recommendation nor comment, other than where necessary take legal steps to protects its interests in any build or land. 

For further information and advice on planning related matters please contact or alternatively,

Please also see the Southwater Parish Design Statement - 2011 for guidance on Southwater's design and planning preferences.


Parish Design Statement - 2011