As some residents may know, there has recently been a pre-application submission to the South Downs National Park Authority (SDNPA) for three development sites within Easebourne.

These three sites, on Egmont Road, the existing Cowdray Works Yard and the old Primary School, were all previously allocated in the Local Plan which was approved by Government and adopted last year.

As such, these three sites have all been deemed suitable for housing development of up to 20 units per site. The official adoption of the Local Plan means that some development will happen on these sites.

At this stage, the pre-application is effectively giving notice to the planning authority that the applicant intends to proceed with a detailed planning application in the near future.

Before that happens, there will be design workshops, public consultation and comprehensive discussions with various statutory bodies including the Parish Council. The proposals will also need to take into account the outcome of the Parish Design Statement that has been developed over the last 18 months, based on comments from residents. This document will shortly be adopted by the SDNPA as an official planning document.

Please be assured that there will be opportunities for residents to ask questions or raise any concerns about the proposals and as a statutory consultee, the Parish Council will be involved at all stages of the process and will strive to influence and achieve the best possible outcome for the Parish.

If you have any questions at this stage of the process, please feel free to get in touch by emailing