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Our commitment to Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

Our commitment to Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

The South Downs National Park Authority (SDNPA) will put equity at the centre of all our work, challenging and removing discrimination and barriers to participation wherever they may occur, creating a National Park where everyone can find opportunity and belonging.

As an employer we will reflect the nation we serve, and our values of collaboration, innovation and respect will be at the heart of our inclusive culture.

As a planning authority we will be accessible to all and ensure developments and policies are fully informed by the communities we support.

What do we mean by Equity, Diversity and Inclusion?


Equity recognises that we do not all start from the same place.

Equity ensures that individuals and groups can participate and benefit from opportunities by taking into account the different experiences and needs of all, particularly in relation to protected characteristics defined in the Equality Act 2010.


Diversity relates to the full range of human differences.

Differences could be in relation to a protected characteristic or something else such as socio-economic background, working pattern or having caring responsibilities.

It recognises that each individual is different and that diverse teams, boards and workforces produce better outcomes because they have considered, reflect and respect broader experiences and perspectives.


Inclusion ensures all people feel valued and supported.

Without inclusion the benefits of diversity (such as creativity, innovation and problem solving) cannot be realised.

For the SDNPA, inclusion means:

  • Authenticity – feeling like you can be your authentic self at work.
  • Belonging – feeling like you belong in your organisation and team.
  • Voice – feeling like you have the opportunity to speak up and be heard.


"The Downs...too much for one pair of eyes, enough to float a whole population in happiness."