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Key Documents

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.

  • Partnership Management Plan

    The Partnership Management Plan sets out the overarching five-year strategy for the management of the South Downs National Park. It is a plan that sets out to shape the future of your South Downs National Park.

    It brings together and coordinates the aspirations of many different partners who help contribute towards the purposes for which it was designated.

    The Plan is the single most important policy document for the National Park. It consists of a vision, three linked strategic themes and 10 outcomes which set where we would like to get to by 2050. The themes and outcomes work together and have equal importance.

    Find out more about the 2020 – 2025 Partnership Management Plan.

  • People and Nature Network (PANN)

    Formally called the Green Infrastructure Framework, the People And Nature Network (PANN), will help the South Downs National Park Authority and its partners ensure nature is able to function effectively so that all action is coordinated and contributes to a strategic approach.

    The updated document, called People And Nature Network: Green Infrastructure in the South Downs and wider South East was launched in August 2020.

  • South Downs Local Plan

    The South Downs Local Plan covers the entire National Park.

    It follows extensive public consultation with local communities and detailed scrutiny and examination by the Government’s Planning Inspectorate, which found the policies to be sound subject to a number of modifications.

    The Local Plan has been informed by a range of factors relating to the special qualities of the National Park, including landscape character, biodiversity and cultural heritage of the National Park, Neighbourhood Plans, local housing and economic needs and the impact of climate change.

    Find out more about the South Downs Local Plan.

  • Climate Change Strategy and Action Plan

    In March 2020, the South Downs National Park Authority formally adopted a Climate Change Strategy and Action Plan with a goal of becoming a ‘Net-Zero’ organisation by 2040.

    You can read the principal documents below:

  • 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 easier for us to allocate the resources we need to deliver the plan and to track our progress in delivering it.

    The latest Corporate Plan (2021-22) is used in parallel with the Partnership Management Plan, which sets out the over-arching management of the South Downs National Park.  Using the Corporate Plan,  priorities are set out annually over five years to deliver the outcomes of the Partnership Management Plan. This version sets out priorities for Year 2.

    Progress against the priorities in the Corporate Plan are reported annually in our Annual Review.


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