From 1 April 2011 the South Downs National Park Authority became responsible for all planning in the South Downs National Park. The Authority will deal with about 4,000 planning applications a year, making it the 8th largest planning authority in the country.
The National Park Authority has invited the 15 Local Authorities within the National Park to provide the day-to-day planning services on its behalf. All 15 Local Authorities reached an agreement during the Summer of 2010, including Winchester City Council, and a binding legal agreement was signed and completed in November 2010 committing all of the Local Authorities to work with the SDNPA towards delivering the planning service in this way.
Please note that as of Monday, 7 January 2013, the way pre-application advice is provided within the South Downs National Park is changing in order to introduce one level of service across the Park. For more details, please click here.
Although Winchester City Council will be charging Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) from 7 April 2014 this won't apply to developments that are within the South Downs National Park. The SDNPA expect to introduce their own CIL Charging Schedule in May 2015.