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South Downs Local Plan

This page contains information on the South Downs Local Plan as well as a number of related topics. From January 2018, the Authority will maintain a brownfield land register for the whole of the National Park. Both this register and the Authority Monitoring Report have just been published (December 2017).

Pre-submission Consultation September – November 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. Consultation on this plan closed in November 2017 and we are currently reviewing the representations. The draft plan which was consulted on can be read as a pdf:

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.

The following documents were also consulted on:
Sustainability Appraisal, Appendices and Non-Technical Summary Habitats Regulations Assessment and Appendix Consultation Statement
Overview Policies Map – Western Area (North) Overview Policies Map – Western Area (South) Overview Policies Map – Eastern Area
Cover Page (list of settlements) Alfriston to Droxford Easebourne to Itchen Abbas
Kingston to Selborne Sheet to West Meon Settlement inset map – East Dean & Friston
Settlement inset map – Lavant Settlement inset map – Lewes Settlement inset map – Midhurst
Settlement inset map – Petersfield Dark Night Skies Policies Map

Local Plan timetable

The timetable (Local Development Scheme March 2018) 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