An application was made for the continued use of land at Manor Park for public open space.
Officers said this is a large area of open space near housing laid out as grass with mature trees.
When they visited the site had football goal posts, picnic benches and a swing hung from a tree.
Pagham Parish Council supported the application and there were a further 14 letters of support saying it is valuable space for recreation, dog walking and wildlife.
One letter of objection said the planning application cannot determine land ownership.
Officers said: "As there is no current Pagham Neighbourhood Plan, it may be appropriate to designate the space through that process should it recommence."
To view the decision, go to the Arun District Council planning portal and use the search reference P/105/22/PL.