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Introducing the South Downs National Park Authority

by on February 18, 2011

We have recently received a few queries regarding the introduction of the South Downs National Park Authority (SDNPA) as a new Planning Authority from 1st April 2011 and what changes will be needed to accommodate the new National Park on the Planning Portal.

From 1st April 2011, the South Downs National Park Authority (SDNPA) will be responsible for all planning in the National Park. The SDNPA expects to receive up to 4,000 planning applications a year, making it the 8th largest Planning Authority in the country although it has an agreement with the 15 Local Planning Authorities (LPAs) within the National Park who will provide the majority of the day to day planning services on its behalf.
The SDNPA will, however, determine some of the more significant applications itself, and retain overall policy control, but in partnership with the 15 LPAs. The partnership agreement allows LPAs to participate in local planning decisions and helps to provide a seamless transition to all users of the planning system within the National Park.

We have been working with SDNPA to understand how the partnerships with the LPAs will work in relation to Portal services and what changes are required to our services to accommodate them.
We are in the process of evaluating and developing the necessary changes which will mean recognising the SDNPA on the Portal to ensure that the new National Park can receive online applications via their partner LPAs.

As a result Planning Portal services will change to enable the following:
• Create the SDNPA as a new National Park Authority on the Planning Portal
• Allow local information searches to recognise the SDNPA with reference to the relevant District LPA
• Update the online application service to recognise the SDNPA and enable online submission
(In line with the SDNPA/District LPA agency agreements, all applications within the SDNPA’s boundary will be sent to the County, Unitary or District LPA for processing and determination in partnership with the SDNPA)
• The Planning Application Validation Requirements for the submission of applications will be those for the LPA that the applications are submitted to
• The online application service will present dual branded application forms detailing which LPA the application is sent to, along with their full contact details
• The Planning Portal will also provide branded copies of all application forms for completion by hand (offline)

If you have any queries regarding the introduction of SDNPA, please do not hesitate to contact the Planning Administration Manager at the SDNPA for further details.

If your query is related to SDNPA’s introduction on the Planning Portal, please contact Scott Alford at scott.alford@planningportal.gsi.gov.uk, t: 0117 372 8550.

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