Adur District Council, whose offices are at Ham Road, Shoreham-by-Sea, BN43 6PR (telephone 01273 263000) are the local planning authority for Lancing.
Lancing Parish Council is a statutory consultee in respect of all planning applications received by the District Council for the civil parish area of Lancing. This means that Parish Councillors have the opportunity to consider all plans received and to forward their recommendations to the District Council. It needs to be emphasised that it is the District Council that determines whether planning permission should be granted or not. In reaching a decision the District Council considers the planning issues involved, their own local plan policies, planning guidance issued by central government and all the recommendations received from consultees including the Parish Council and others.
The Parish Council's Planning Advisory Committee meets in open session in the Council Chamber at the Parish Hall twice monthly (see meetings page for dates of these). A copy of the plans list detailing the applications to be considered at any meeting is posted on the outside Notice Board adjacent to the Parish Hall main entrance.
Each Planning Advisory Committee meeting includes time for public questions. This is an opportunity for the public to attend and question their Councillors about an item on the agenda or some other planning issue in the town. The public are not allowed to participate when the plans are being considered. Councillors and the Council do however welcome receiving copies of written representations that groups or individuals might have sent to the District Council outlining views on specific applications. Whenever these are received Councillors are apprised of the content prior to their consideration of the plans in order to inform the democratic decision making process.
Lancing Planning Applications
As from the 1st October 2003 the District Council enabled public speaking and representations to be made to them on planning applications for Lancing at their Planning Regulatory Committee Meetings.
The Parish Council and local residents are, therefore now be able, over and above written representations, to express their views directly on planning applications that may affect them.
The Parish Council is already a consultee on all planning applications for Lancing and twice monthly passes its comments and views on these to the District Council, which then form part of their decision making process.
The Parish Council seeks to represent the views of its community and welcomes this opportunity to express these in a direct manner, to the District Council, and will do so on those applications it feels necessary or feel have an adverse affect on the village.
The Parish Council is also keen to provide the opportunity for itself to comment on any applications on behalf of residents of Lancing where it is felt that these could not be made by the individual for whatever reason.
Should any resident of Lancing wish to comment on any application and have these presented by the Parish Council, on their behalf, they can do so by contacting the Parish Council offices.
The Parish Council also holds copies of all planning applications for Lancing for inspection and comment.