Communicating the South Downs


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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.

The Local Plan will help shape the future of the South Downs National Park by:

  • putting landscapes first while still serving the needs of our communities and local economy;
  • protecting the special qualities of the South Downs;
  • valuing nature both for its own sake and for the things it gives us – like clean water, food and space to breathe; and
  • applying a single set of planning policies across the National Park to ensure all planning decisions reflect its special qualities.

112,000 people live in the South Downs National Park, many more work here and millions visit every year. We are encouraging everyone who cares about the National Park to comment on our Local Plan.

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 you can still read the Local Plan: Preferred Options here.

A report summarising the main issues raised in this consultation can be found below:

The comments can be viewed in full here.

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

Further Information