Planning Applications: The process

Horsham District Council is the planning authority for the area. West Chiltington Parish Council is a statutory consultee in relation to all planning applications within the parish boundaries, and makes recommendations to the District Council. The Parish Council’s comments are factored into district-level decisions, but it is one opinion among many and may be over-ridden.

Extensions: Do you need planning permission?
Providing the work meets certain rules, planning permission is not required for some common home improvement projects. These are:  
  *  extensions (limited in size).
  *  porches (limited in size).
  *  loft conversions (if bats are present you will need to consult Natural England for advice - bats are a protected species).
Projects that meet the rules are within what's known as 'permitted development'. But if you get it wrong, correcting a mistake can be expensive. This new visual guidance for homeowners makes this kind of error less likely. To view the guides click on the type of work you are looking to do. However, if the building is listed or is in a conservation area (or other designated area) you should consult with your local planning authority first.
In this LINK you will find planning and building regulations guidance for many common building work projects
For more information regarding planning, go to the Planning Portal Website and Direct Gov Website which will offer more comprehensive information. If you are planning to carry out any building works check the Building Regulations  before works commence. 
 Planning Application Library 
If you would like to find out more about any of the applications listed or discuss any aspect of the planning process, please e-mail the Parish Clerk to council at
Further information about specific planning applications / enforcements in the Parish are held on the Horsham District Council website which may be accessed through the following link;
Applications can be searched for by property, postcode or by application number.
Village Design Statement - Click Here

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