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South Downs Local Plan

The Local Plan sets the policies against which planning applications will be considered and allocates land for a variety of uses.  In April 2018 the South Downs National Park Authority  submitted the first Local Plan for the whole of the South Downs National Park to the Government for examination. Once adopted, the new South Downs Local Plan will replace the existing planning policies operating across the South Downs National Park.

Informal Track Changed Version of the Local Plan

In order to keep everyone up to date with proposed changes to the South Downs Local Plan we have published an informal track changed version of the Pre-Submission document.  This includes all the proposed Main Modifications and Minor Edits suggested by the SDNPA.  This document reflects all changes made up until 02 November 2018.  It is likely that there will be further modifications proposed after the examination.  It should be noted that all the Main Modifications are draft and will be consulted on after the hearings in the new year.

Local Plan Examination

The scheduled hearings for the Local Plan examination at Midhurst and Falmer have ended.  The Inspector is now considering what he has heard and will be working with the National Park Authority on Main Modifications to the Local Plan. This consultation will take place in the new year 2019.

All updated evidence and supporting documents  are on pages:


  • Representations Page   All representations and comments made in response to the publication of the Pre-submission Local Plan

Background Papers

The following summarise the information in the technical documents.

Local Plan timetable

The timetable  (SDNPA Local Development Scheme Oct 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 Spring 2018
Examination 24 ongoing
Adoption 26 Spring 2019


Brownfield Register and Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment

The SDNPA is required to prepare a Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA) to support the  preparation of the Local Plan.

The Authority also maintains a brownfield land register for the whole of the National Park.  Both this register and the Authority Monitoring Report were last published in December 2017.