Parish Design Statement officially adopted by SDNPA

We are very pleased to be able to confirm that on 9 February 2023 the South Downs National Park Authority adopted the Easebourne Parish Design Statement as a Supplementary Planning Document (SDP).

This document sets out a framework of guidelines and principals relating to design matters against which future planning applications will be assessed. The Parish Council would like to thank the volunteers who worked so hard on this project over the last 3 years: without their persistence and determined endeavours, nothing would have been achieved.

You can download the adopted document here:

Parish Design Statement officially adopted by SDNPA2023-03-14T18:49:17+00:00

Parish Design Statement Update

The Parish Design Statement is now out for consultation until 17th January 2023.

Please find the latest version of the statement below:

Easebourne Parish Design Statement

This document has been created by a dedicated team of Parish volunteers over several years and it is now proposed for adoption by the South Downs National Park Authority as a Supplementary Planning Document.

The document will, when adopted, provide design guidance for development in the Parish and will supplement the South Downs Local Plan and associated policies.

Consultation Information: Poster

During the consultation the document can also be viewed during normal opening hours at the South Downs Centre in North Street, Midhurst.

The document will also be available on the SDNPA website under ‘current consultations’ –

Comments can be made during the consultation by emailing or by post to:

Planning Policy, South Downs National Park Authority, South Downs Centre, North Street, Midhurst GU29 9DH

Parish Design Statement Update2023-02-15T12:06:48+00:00

Designs on Easebourne Parish

The Easebourne Parish Design Statement, which covers the conurbations of Henley, KEVII and Easebourne Village itself, is now in its review stage.

The volunteer team that have been working on this over a number of years, through a global pandemic, and organisational changes in the South Downs National Park (SDNP), are reviewing our latest document hopeful that all the content required is now complete and compliant with SDNP requirements and a fair reflection of the responses of the community.

We hope a final version will be available to share soon as a final sign-off prior to the document formally being adopted by Easebourne Parish Council.

Thankyou to all of you who have contributed to date, Parishioners, Councillors, Volunteers and event organisers.

Neil Sore


Designs on Easebourne Parish2023-02-15T11:27:15+00:00

Parish Design Statement Update

The Consultation Period Has now Closed for the Parish Design Statement. Thank you to all those who participated. The outcome and Next Steps for the consultation will be released later this year though this website. You can follow us on Facebook, and Instagram using ‘LoveEasebourne’. If you have any questions, please email Many thanks again

Parish Design Statement Update2023-02-15T11:24:00+00:00

Parish Design Statement Update

As announced at the Annual Village Meeting on the 24thMay, 2018 the Parish Council is proposing to create a Parish Design Statement. This is a document that would be adopted by the South Downs National Park Authority (SDNPA) as a Supplementary Planning Document (SPD). It would aim to influence future development within the Parish so that it is in harmony with its setting and local character.

A critical requirement of a Parish Design Statement is that it is created by a team of people with various interests and experiences, from across the Parish and not just by the Parish Council. In fact for it to be officially adopted as an SPD it must have more residents than councillors involved in its creation.

A Parish Design Statement aims to do the following: 

  • Describes the distinctive character of the village and the surrounding countryside
  • Draws up design principles based on that character
  • Helps residents and planners understand local issues
  • Influences future design policies
  • Supports good planning once adopted as a SPD by the local authority

So, we need your help

If you are interested in being part of the Parish Design Statement Team then please get in touch. We would be keen to talk to people with experience in planning and architecture, but also people who know the landscapes and history of the Parish. Perhaps most importantly we would like to hear from people who want to take an active role in shaping the future of Easebourne Parish.

What might the project involve?

There is a lot of information to share, but to give a flavour for what is involved, the project will include matters such as:

  • Researching our surroundings, Parish history, the character of the Parish, what residents like and what we don’t like –

From building design to green spaces, from views within the Parish to street signage, from types of hedges to building materials and everything in between.

  • Researching the great and not so great examples of other Parish Design Statements.

We are not the first Parish to do this, we can learn a lot from those who have already been through the process.

  • Planning activities including organised group walks to study the landscape, projects for all age groups to take photos of what they like and what they don’t like in our Parish, questionnaires for residents, fact finding with neighbouring Parishes.

Next steps?

  1. Register your interest in being involved by emailing parishclerk@easebourne.orgor via our website
  2. We intend to hold a briefing meeting for all those residents interested in conjunction with the SDNPA
  3. Following that meeting we will agree the scope of the project and allocate initial tasks
  4. We need to have our team in place and research underway by the end of August 2018
  5. The SDNPA has agreed to provide direct support from September 2018, including a new ‘Toolkit’ that will provide essential guidance in creating the final document.

Any questions?

Please don’t hesitate to email parishclerk@easebourne.orgor call 07342 166188 for more information.

Parish Design Statement Update2023-02-15T11:33:53+00:00