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Key Documents

There are numerous key documents being developed by the South Downs National Park Authority (SDNPA), we also have some key reference documents – some of which are shown below.

Local Code of Corporate Governance

Partnership Management Plan

The Partnership Management Plan (PMP) is a long–term strategy that provides a way for everyone to work together to conserve and enhance the special qualities of the South Downs National Park for the benefit of the landscape, residents, visitors and future generations. It is a partnership plan for this special place, not a business plan for any individual organisation or group. The SDNPA’s own business plan contributes to its outcomes, as will our Local Plan when adopted, but so too do the plans of many other bodies.

The plan was put together in close partnership with a wide range of stakeholders including communities, farmers, businesses, walkers and cyclists, conservation organisations, government agencies. It describes for everyone our shared vision for how we all would like the National Park to be in 2050 and the broad outcomes that will get us there. It also has a five-year rolling action plan, and as this is now coming to an end a new one is being developed.

National Park Local Plan

The Local Plan will include all of the planning policies for the National Park, shaping how it will develop into the future. It is a major piece of work setting out for the first time how we will meet our responsibilities to protect the landscape while serving the needs of our communities and the local economy.

Corporate Plan

The Corporate Plan for the South Downs National Park Authority shows how the organisation sets its own priorities and delivers the outcomes in the Partnership Management Plan. This makes it easy for us to allocate the resources we need to deliver the plan and to track our progress in delivering it. It replaces the old corporate plan that was due to run until 2021. This is because it needed to take account of the changes that have arisen since the previous plan was written and to anticipate the emerging priorities for the next five years of the Partnership Management Plan form 2020 onwards.

The plan is reviewed annually and from 2020 there will be a five year plan linked directly to the revised Partnership management Plan.  Progress against the priorities in the Corporate Plan are reported annually in our Annual Review.

Climate Change Adaptation Plan

Climate Change is shaping up to be one of the main causes of environmental change for the National Park in the future. Its impacts on the landscape are likely to be significant and profound – though there are many potential opportunities over the longer term. It is necessary for the National Park Authority to plan ahead in relation to potential climate change impacts. A Climate Change Adaptation Plan is the best way to achieve this.

Cycling and Walking Strategy

The Cycling and Walking Strategy 2017-2024 sets out our aim and direction for the future of cycling and walking activity and supporting infrastructure in the National Park. Our ambition is for the South Downs National Park to be home to a network of largely traffic free routes providing opportunities for a range of users of differing abilities and ages, who are using the network for recreation and daily utility journeys.

Statement of Accounts

Annual Audit Letter

Annual Audit Letter for the year ended 31 March 2019

Financial Procedures & Regulations

Peer Review

Annual Review