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Current Policy

The South Downs National Park  is covered by the saved policies of 11 inherited Local Plans and five adopted Joint Core Strategies. Since the designation of the National Park, the SDNPA has been working jointly to adopt Joint Core Strategies with some of the authorities.

The SDNPA is preparing its Local Plan, which will replace all existing planning policies across the National Park. Until this is adopted, the ‘Development Plan’ for the SDNPA consists of:

Authority (area within the National Park) Saved Local Plan Policies and/or adopted Core Strategies
Adur Adur District Local Plan (1996)
Arun Arun District Local Plan (2003)
Brighton and Hove Adopted Brighton & Hove Local Plan 2005 (Saved Policies)
Letter from Government Office for South East (June 2008) re Saved Policies
Map showing area covered by Brighton & Hove Local Plan 2005
Chichester Chichester District Local Plan First Review (1999)
Eastbourne Eastbourne Borough Plan (2003)
Mid Sussex Mid Sussex Local Plan (2004)
East Hampshire East Hampshire Local Plan Second Review (2006)
Joint Core Strategy (2014) – Adopted by the SDNPA on 26 June 2014.
Horsham Horsham Core Strategy (2007)
Lewes Lewes District Local Plan (2003)
Lewes District Joint Core Strategy (2016) – Adopted by the SDNPA on 23 June 2016.
Wealden Wealden Local Plan (1998) (saved policies not deleted by the adoption of the Core Strategy)
Wealden District (Incorporating Part of the South Downs National Park) Core Strategy Local Plan – Adopted by the SDNPA on 19 February 2013
Winchester Winchester District Local Plan Review (2006) (saved policies not deleted by the adoption of the Core Strategy)
Winchester Joint Core Strategy – Adopted by the SDNPA on 20 March 2013
Worthing Worthing Local Plan (2003) (saved policies not deleted by the adoption of the Core Strategy)
Worthing Core Strategy (2011)


Once they achieve ‘made’ status, Neighbourhood Development Plans covering land within the South Downs National Park become part of the Development Plan for SDNPA. Please see our Neighbourhood Development Plans page for updates on the status of any Neighbourhood Development Plan in your area.

Minerals and Waste Plans

For more information on the Waste and Minerals Plans currently covering the National Park, or being prepared, please go to the Minerals and Waste Plans page.


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