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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.

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

Submission of the South Downs Local Plan

The Submission South Downs Local Plan is made up of the Pre-Submission SDLP and a Schedule of Changes to the SDLP.

All of the updated evidence and supporting documents (including the Consultation Statement , Habitats Regulations Assessment 2018 and Sustainability Appraisal Report) can be viewed in the Core Document Library on the Examination page. The Examination page contains information about the examination process and will be updated regularly.


You can also view all representations and comments made in response to the publication of the Pre-submission Local Plan.

We have prepared a series of background papers which summarise the information in the technical documents.

Local Plan timetable

The timetable (SDNPA 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 Spring 2018
Examination 24 Summer 2018
Adoption 26 Autumn 2018


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.