The planning authority for Liss is the South Downs National Park Authority, except on Minerals and Waste matters which are the responsibility of Hampshire County Council.
Decisions on major planning applications are made by the Park Authority, but many of the day to day decisions are delegated to the East Hants District Council. Please click here to find out more about planning in the South Downs National Park Authority.
The Parish Council has a statutory role to comment on applications affecting the village; advising the planning authorities on their impact and helping to pass on the views of residents while taking account of current planning policies. You can search for individual planning applications by clicking here.
The Planning Committee of the Council generally meets monthly and considers all planning applications within Liss. The work of the Committee can be seen on the Planning Committee page.
The Development Plan for Liss
All planning applications have to be decided on the basis of approved plans. Currently, the ones covering Liss, which together are called the Development Plan, are:
The Liss Village Neighbourhood Development Plan
The Liss Village Neighbourhood Development Plan is the opportunity for the community to set out what it wants for Liss. It was prepared for the Parish Council by a steering group and working groups drawn from Liss residents, with extensive consultation across the community. The community voted overwhelmingly in favour of the Plan in a referendum with 1,251 (87.7%) votes for the plan, and 177 (12.3%) against, which was a turnout of 30% of those eligible to vote. This reflected the huge amount of work put into the plan by so many in the village. The plan was approved by the South Downs National Park Authority on 14 December 2017 and is now one of the statutory plans for Liss. Please click here to view the Liss Village Neighbourhood Plan.
The Plan allocates 156 houses (including flats and bungalows) to be built in Liss up to 2028 on six sites spread around the village. There will also be some housing on small plots within the village. 40% of the housing will be affordable for those who cannot afford the full market cost.
The plan stops development spreading into the countryside and stops the development of green spaces in the village by giving them the same protection as green belt land. It also protects and enhances biodiversity in the village where affected by development, and also sets out criteria for better design based on the Village Design Statement.
The plan also sets out how community and infrastructure needs in the village can be met through a Community Infrastructure Levy on development as set out below.
What else is there to help shape development within Liss?
Three key documents, prepared in conjunction with the Parish Council, also give guidance to development within Liss:
The Liss Village Design Statement
Government guidance has encouraged local communities to prepare design statements. The Liss statement was prepared by local residents and gives guidance on the character and design of existing development in Liss which should be taken into account in proposals for new development. It was adopted as Supplementary Planning Document by the South Downs National Park Authority on 10th July 2014. Please click here to view the Liss Village Design Statement.
The Liss Landscape Character Assessment
This was prepared by local residents in accord with national guidelines, and gives guidance on the landscape characteristics of Liss parish. It was approved by the Council on 19th February 2007 and has strongly influenced the Liss Neighbourhood Development Plan. Please click here to view the Liss Landscape Character Assessment.
The Liss Parish Plan
The Liss Parish Plan was prepared by local residents and sets out community and infrastructure needs and what might be done to improve provision. The latest version of the plan was approved by the council in 2018. Please click here to view the Liss Parish Plan.
The Community Infrastructure Levy
From 2017 a levy has been imposed on all residential development within Liss which is collected by the South Downs National Park Authority and can be spent on community and infrastructure needs. The Park authority decides on how most of the money collected is spent, but because the village has an approved neighbourhood plan government allows the Parish Council to receive 25% of the levy to decide how it should be spent. The Parish Council will work to agree priorities for the next round of CIL spending in 2019/20.