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South Downs Local Plan

Pre-submission Consultation September 2017

The Local Plan sets the policies against which planning applications will be considered and allocates land for a variety of uses. It will replace the existing planning policies operating across the South Downs National Park. In spring 2018 we will submit the first ever Local Plan to the Government for examination, but first we need to have one final full public consultation. This commenced on the 26 September and runs for 8 weeks until 21 November 2017. To get you started please read our South Downs Local Plan – FAQs

The draft plan can be read:

Also available to comment on are:

Overview Policies maps

A3 size settlement inset maps

Larger size settlement inset maps

Other important documents:

You can comment by:

  • Using our Consultation Page (This is our preferred method as it frees up staff time, enabling us to process your representations more quickly), see our How to respond guide for help on how to do this.
  • Using the Comments Form

If you choose to just e-mail or write to us directly it is essential that you clearly identify which policy or paragraph you are commenting on. Please be aware that you may not receive an acknowledgement receipt of the representations.

Many Evidence and Supporting Documents have been prepared and are available to read. They all support the work on the Local Plan. The earlier Preferred Options Plan is also still available to view.

Deposit Locations

Location Opening Times
Winchester Discovery Centre Mon – Fri 9am – 7pm
Sat 9am – 5pm
Sun 11am – 3pm
Petersfield Town Hall Mon – Fri 9am – 5pm
Chichester Library Mon – Fri 9am – 7pm
Sat 9am – 5pm
Storrington Library Mon – Fri 9.30am – 5.30pm
Sat 10am – 4pm
Brighton & Hove Library Mon, Tues, Thurs 10am – 7pm
Wed, Fri, Sat 10am – 5pm
Sun 11am – 5pm
Lewes District Council Mon – Fri 8.30 – 5pm

Local Plan timetable

The timetable (Local Development Scheme August 2016) for the Local Plan is as follows:

Stage Regulation Dates
Options Consultation 18 February – April 2014
Preferred Options Consultation 18 September – October 2015
Pre-Submission Consultation 19 September – November 2017
Submission to Secretary of State 22 March 2018
Examination 24 March – July 2018
Adoption 26 September 2018