I am very pleased to introduce the Arun District Local Plan 2003. The Second Review of the Arun District Local Plan commenced in June 1998; this Plan is the culmination of several years of intensive work. I would like to thank all those individuals and organisations who have made a contribution to the review process, helping to refine the policies and proposals within the Plan. This Plan was adopted on 17th April 2003 and forms a statement of Arun District Council's planning policies, which will be used as a basis for decision making on planning applications. The Plan covers the period from 1996 to 2011.

The key aim of the Plan is to apply the principles of sustainable development in assessing development proposals, striking the balance between the need for development and the protection of scarce resources. Policies and proposals within the Plan seek to guide development to meet needs, such as economic regeneration and housing, and ensure the provision of appropriate infrastructure, whilst protecting precious resources such as the countryside, open spaces and sites important for their nature conservation value. The Plan also serves to translate the land use elements of the Council's Community Strategy, "Our Kind of Place", into policies and proposals.

The Council has tried to make this document as simple and easy to use as possible. The Introduction explains how to use the Plan; and a glossary of terms is provided as an Appendix.

Cllr Mrs G. Brown,
Cabinet Member for Planning.


Arun District Local Plan 2003