Community Shop Planning Application – How to lodge your comments online!

It has been mentioned that it is not entirely easy to navigate the South Downs National Park Authority website to lodge a comment on a planning application.

So, if you would like to lodge a comment of support or objection on the community shop and cafe planning application online and you are having difficulties doing so, here is a quick “how to” guide.  It only takes a few minutes.

First, you will need to register your details with the South Downs National Park Authority.  Here is the link to the registration page:

On the registration page you enter your email address and create a password.   You will then be asked to input your postal address.  Once done an email is automatically sent to your email account which you will need to open and then click on the link in the email to activate your registration.

Once registered you need to navigate to the community shop and cafe application to lodge your comment.  You can either do this through searching on “Fittleworth” through the search function on the online search function at the planning portal or you can simply click on this link to take you straight to the page


Once you have identified the community shop application you will need to click on the “comments” tab and you will then see you are given an option to “make a comment”

Any difficulties then any member of the shop committee is happy to help – our contact details are on the community shop page of this website


Community Shop Planning Application – Planning Committee Meeting

There will be a meeting of the Parish Council Planning Committee on Thursday 2 February at 7pm in the Village Hall (the Bradley Williams room) to discuss the Community Shop and Cafe planning application. The meeting is open to the public – so please do come along if you want to discuss the plans or make any comments on them.


You can lodge comments of support or objection through the link above.

Community Shop Planning Application – Plans

The planning application for the community shop and cafe is now available to view online at the South Downs National Park Authority website,

Click on the title of this post to activate the link.

Comments on the application can be lodged online through the above site.

Although the South Downs National Park Authority recommend that comments are lodged online through the link above, comments can be submitted by post or email.  Details are as follows: by post addressed to SDNPA, South Downs Centre, North Street, Midhurst, West Sussex, GU29 9DH or to


Well done to the Gilpin family and Fittleworth Firsts Football club!

Quentin, Pauline and their grandson Aiden, all achieved Chief Scout Awards in December (and well done to all the other Fittleworth scouts who gained Gold and Silver Chief Scout Awards!).

Congratulations too to the Fittleworth First Football team with their 4-1 win, over top of their league table Watersfield!

Please look out for your January 2017 copy of the Fittleworth and Stopham Village Magazine for details of both events.

Welcome to the Swan at Fittleworth, David and Jane Simmonds!

We send a warm welcome to David and Jane Simmonds who have become our new landlords at The Swan Inn.

Many of you will have already met them at the Swan, or saw David at our Christmas Market. We are very pleased that they have already agreed to supply the Fittleworth and Stopham Village Magazine; available already at the bar, for the December copy.

How amazing to think that Fittleworth residents have been drinking and meeting each other at the Swan, for at least 500, possibly more, years! Long may it continue!