Clapham Parish Design Statement

How do you want Clapham to look
in 10-15 years' time?

A small working group, appointed

by the Parish Council, has been

putting together Clapham's 'Parish

Design Statement.

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What is a Parish Design Statement?

A Parish (or Village) Design Statement is a set of guidelines which fleshes out the design-related policies in the Neighbourhood Plan,   The aim is to help people put together planning applications which stand a good chance of acceptance by the National Park Authority.

Who's involved?

The working group currently consists of:

  • Gilly Gale

  • Andrea Hardisty

  • Sally Morris

Chris Patterson of the South Downs National Park Authority has been providing advice.

What's happened so far?

The group identified eight proposed policies, based on what residents told us (both in the original Neighbourhood Plan consultation, and in our subsequent parish walks and well attended open meetings).  Then we conducted a survey of every household in the Parish, to find out what you thought of the proposed policies.  We received 35 responses, which is about a quarter of all households.  While all the policies were supported by a significant majority, you did provide some useful suggestions for re-wording or clarification.

Based on your responses, we revised the policies (and broke them down into separate policies where they covered more than one point).  The revised policies were approved by the Parish Council at their meeting on 28th January.

The working group has also produced extensive supporting background text, including a detailed inventory of every building in the Parish, supplemented with numerous photos old and new.  The Parish Council approved the complete document at its meeting on 5th May.


What happens next?

The Parish Council will now formally submit the document to SDNPA, and once SDNPA have in turn approved it, it will officially become part of the Clapham Neighbourhood Development Plan. This will mean that all the policies have to be taken into account whenever a planning application is considered; the Parish Council will make sure that SDNPA do so!