Norton is a small rural settlement lying to the south of the A27 between Tangmere and Fontwell. There is a variety in building form, style, age and materials. Although generally street fronted, there is an informality of layout; some of the larger buildings e.g. Norton House and East Norton House being set well back in their own extensive grounds. Space between buildings is important to the rural character of the settlement. So too, is the brick and flint boundary walling of various heights, mature hedges and trees and verges. A series of gentle curves in Norton Lane provide a pleasant and attractive sense of enclosure.
Within the Conservation Area, the open spaces between Letterbox Cottage and Norton Grange Farm contribute to the rural character and setting of the settlement.
The agricultural basis of the settlement is reflected in surviving farming estate cottages, a farmhouse and, indeed, two working farms.