This updated statement aims to clarify the process that we have to take as a council and will explain why it can take a little bit of time before an application goes online.

Over a month ago, we were made aware that the South Downs Holiday Village was being used to accommodate agricultural workers. Following our investigations, we issued a Breach of Condition Notice on the management agents, Cre8, and the owners, Seaward Properties This required the management agents, Cre8, to stop using the holiday accommodation for residential purposes within 28 days (from the day the notice was served).

The management agents, Cre8, have now submitted a planning application for a change of use of the site, to allow them to use the site to accommodate agricultural workers. This was received within the 28 day notice period.

In these circumstances, it is appropriate that any formal legal proceedings are placed on hold until the outcome of the planning application is determined.

This is because the local courts have given clear guidance that legal action will not be considered while a planning application is under consideration.

The planning application will give residents the opportunity to comment on the development and the local planning authority the chance to properly assess it against the planning policies of the council's adopted Local Plan. It is necessary for this process to be undertaken objectively and thoroughly.

The planning application is currently going through the validation process before being placed online. This process can take some time to complete and can involve us going back to an applicant for further information. This is normal procedure. At this time, we can't give an exact date as to when the application will be placed online, but we expect this to be soon.

We would advise those who are interested in the application to sign up to our alert system on our website, which will let you know when planning applications in your area appear on the planning portal (as long as they are not within the South Downs National Park).

We also hope to continue to provide regular updates on our website and our social media channels when the planning application goes live.

The planning application, once validated, will appear on our website and will be available for the public to view and comment on. It will also be publicised in the local press and on notices at the site.

It will be given careful consideration by the council and will follow the normal planning application process. It is anticipated that the application will be reported to the council's Planning Committee for a decision in due course.

We understand that some residents may feel frustrated by the time the process takes, but planning is a very complex area and we want to reassure you that we are taking the appropriate and timely action.

Date issued: 27 June 2017