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South Downs Local Plan

The National Park needs properly managed development that conserves and enhances the natural beauty, wildlife and cultural heritage for which it was designated.  112,000 people live in the South Downs National Park, many more work here and millions visit every year.   The Local Plan sets the planning policies against which planning applications will be considered and allocates land for a variety of uses.

Read about our latest work in our most recent newsletter

Local Plan Newsletter December 2016

South Downs Local Plan:  Preferred Options

In September 2015 we produced and consulted on a draft Local Plan – known as the Preferred Options.  The consultation on the Preferred Options has now closed but the following documents are still available to read:

Many Evidence and Supporting Documents have been prepared and are available to read.  They all support the work on the Local Plan.

Local Plan timetable

The timetable (Local Development Scheme December 2016) for the Local Plan is as follows:

Stage Dates
Options Consultation 28 February – 30 April 2014
Preferred Options Consultation 2 September – 28 October 2015
Publication (followed by a formal Pre-Submission Consultation) September – October 2017
Submission February 2018
Estimated Adoption July 2018


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