The General Development Control Policies document sets out detailed policies against which individual planning applications will be assessed once the document has been adopted; for example, it includes policies on design, pollution, shopping developments and building in the countryside.
The General Development Control Policies document was formally adopted by the Council on 21 December 2007.
It is available online (opens in new browser window) or to download.
The Submission Draft General Development Control Policies document was published on 1 September 2006 and submitted to the Secretary of State for Independent Examination. A copy of the document is also available to download.
Following publication there was a six week period of representation ending on 13 October. The representations made during that period on the content of the document were considered by an independent Inspector at an Examination in September 2007. The Inspector's Report of the Examination into the General Development Control Policies document was issued on 16 November 2007.
The representations made during the six-week period mentioned above may be viewed in full on this website. The Council has also made copies of the representations available at its offices in Horsham as well as at libraries and help points around the District.
The Local Development Framework also includes an adopted Proposals Map. Links to the relevant sections of the Proposals Map are accessible within the text of the Site Specific Allocations of Land document both as an interactive mapping facility (best used with Internet Explorer version 5.5 or above) or as Adobe Acrobat files. Adobe Acrobat Reader version 5.0 or above is required for viewing these, if you have an older version please download a new one free of charge from the left navigation bar.
The General Development Control Policies Document has been subject to an appraisal of the social, environmental and economic effects of its strategies and policies. This is known as the Sustainability Appraisal and Strategic Environmental Assessment and is available in various parts:
Statement of Compliance
The Council has prepared a Statement of Compliance (398kb) for the General Development Control Policies document which details how the Council has complied with the Statement of Community Involvement or the minimum requirements of the Town and Country Planning (Local Development) (England) Regulations 2004.
The Statement of Compliance details both what has been undertaken in terms of the planning regulations as well as what is outlined in the Statement of Community Involvement. The Statement of Community Involvement was formally adopted by the Council in February 2005.
The General Development Control Policies ‘Preferred Options’ document (the stage before submission) was published in November 2005. This was followed by a six week period of consultation which closed on 16 December 2005. The representations received during that consultation period may be viewed in full on this website alongside the text of the document. They were analysed and considered in the preparation of the Submission document.