Pre-Submission South Downs Local Plan

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The South Downs was established as a National Park in 2010 and The South Downs National Park Authority became the local planning authority for the National Park in 2011. The National Park contains over 1,600km2 of England's most iconic lowland landscapes stretching from Winchester in the west to Eastbourne in the east. The South Downs Local Plan is the first Local Plan to plan for the National Park as a single entity. On adoption, this plan will become the statutory development plan for the whole National Park, along with the minerals and waste plans and 'made' (adopted) Neighbourhood Development Plans. The planning system in this country is plan-led and statute states that decisions on planning applications must be taken in accordance with the development plan unless material considerations indicate otherwise. Accordingly this Local Plan will be used in the determination of planning applications.


This Pre-Submission Plan will accordingly be given some weight in the determination of planning applications by the National Park Authority and on its behalf. This weight will increase according to the stage of preparation of the Local Plan, the extent to which there are unresolved objections to relevant policies and the degree of consistency with the relevant policies with the NPPF. This is the Pre-Submission version of the Local Plan (subsequently referred to as the Local Plan) and is being published for public consultation under Regulation 19 of The Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012. This version of the plan follows on from the Options and the Preferred Options documents that were published for public consultation in 2014 and 2015 respectively.


The Local Plan covers the time period 2014 to 2033. This means that it will cover a 15-year time period from its projected time of adoption in 2018.

This consultation has now closed.

Consultation Summary

Consultation Summary
Name Pre-Submission South Downs Local Plan
Description The final consultation on the South Downs Local Plan before it is submitted to Government for inspection.
Dates From 26 Sep 2017 at 00:00 to 21 Nov 2017 at 23:59. The results will be published by 31 Mar 2018.
Status Closed