City Downland Estate Plan - Have Your Say

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Brighton & Hove’s rural estate is made up of around 12,800 acres of land in the South Downs National Park. You can read about out City Downland Estate Plan on the council website.

Together with residents we are developing a new vision for this valuable asset in the city. It is a unique opportunity to explore how we can use this land to help tackle the climate and biodiversity emergencies and reduce carbon emissions.


Creation of the City Downland Estate Plan - UPDATE

The public engagement process held from November 2020 to April 2021, alongside Planning For Real, created a fantastic response from the wider Brighton & Hove community. A huge amount of feedback was submitted and this has been compiled in two reports that you can read in our ‘Public Engagement’ section on this page.

The work completed by the attendees of the ‘Carousel’ session in April 2021 to consider the findings from the public engagement process and put forward recommendations, has now been taken forward as the foundation that the draft City Downland Estate Plan will be created from.

Attendees at the ‘Carousel’ event worked in four break out groups and each put forward a proposal for the vision that will be used in the City Downland Estate Plan. Since the event in April, Planning For Real analysed these visions for reoccurring themes and led sessions with Councillors to build on these ideas and finalise the vision that will be used in the plan. You can read this here.


Next Steps

The project team are developing the draft City Downland Estate Plan, using the recommendations from the public engagement exercise. The indicative timeline for creating the plan is being updated and will be posted on here shortly. This will confirm when we expect the plan to go to council committee for approval and to South Downs National Parks Assoc for endorsement. It will also confirm when you will be able to review the draft plan and submit comments.

Thank you for your ongoing interest in the City Downland Estate Plan. If you have any questions on the above, please contact us at citydownlandestateplan@brighton-hove.gov.uk.




Brighton & Hove’s rural estate is made up of around 12,800 acres of land in the South Downs National Park. You can read about out City Downland Estate Plan on the council website.

Together with residents we are developing a new vision for this valuable asset in the city. It is a unique opportunity to explore how we can use this land to help tackle the climate and biodiversity emergencies and reduce carbon emissions.


Creation of the City Downland Estate Plan - UPDATE

The public engagement process held from November 2020 to April 2021, alongside Planning For Real, created a fantastic response from the wider Brighton & Hove community. A huge amount of feedback was submitted and this has been compiled in two reports that you can read in our ‘Public Engagement’ section on this page.

The work completed by the attendees of the ‘Carousel’ session in April 2021 to consider the findings from the public engagement process and put forward recommendations, has now been taken forward as the foundation that the draft City Downland Estate Plan will be created from.

Attendees at the ‘Carousel’ event worked in four break out groups and each put forward a proposal for the vision that will be used in the City Downland Estate Plan. Since the event in April, Planning For Real analysed these visions for reoccurring themes and led sessions with Councillors to build on these ideas and finalise the vision that will be used in the plan. You can read this here.


Next Steps

The project team are developing the draft City Downland Estate Plan, using the recommendations from the public engagement exercise. The indicative timeline for creating the plan is being updated and will be posted on here shortly. This will confirm when we expect the plan to go to council committee for approval and to South Downs National Parks Assoc for endorsement. It will also confirm when you will be able to review the draft plan and submit comments.

Thank you for your ongoing interest in the City Downland Estate Plan. If you have any questions on the above, please contact us at citydownlandestateplan@brighton-hove.gov.uk.




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    Land-management

    by Ecological Land Coop, 5 months ago

    The Ecological Land Cooperative (ELC) is an established, community benefit society and membership organisation open to all based in Brighton.

    The ELC develops affordable, low impact, small farms for new entrant farmers to ecological agriculture.
    We want to see a living, working countryside where land is accessible to everyone and affordable for those who want a low impact land-based livelihood, using natural inputs to grow good, healthy local food and produce that benefits people, communities and the natural environment long into the future.

    The ELC model for creating affordable, ecological small farms has been proven with permanent planning permission for... Continue reading

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    Brighton Downs Alliance Position Statement and Addendum - 18th March 2021

    6 months ago

    (Posted on behalf of the Brighton Downs Alliance)

    View an addendum to the Brighton Downs Alliance statement (available here)


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    Living Coast Response to CDEP

    6 months ago

    (Posted on behalf of The Living Coast)

    View the response to the City Downland Estate Plan consultation from The Living Coast [PDF Download].

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    Cycling UK Response to CDEP Consultation

    6 months ago

    (Posted on behalf of Cycling UK)

    View the response to the City Downland Estate Plan consultation from Cycling UK's local representative [PDF Download].

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    Extinction Rebellion Response to CDEP

    6 months ago

    (Submitted on behalf of Extinction Rebellion Brighton)

    View the response to the City Downland Estate Plan from Extinction Rebellion Brighton [PDF Download]

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    Grass Verges

    6 months ago

    (Submitted on behalf of the Ovingdean Preservation Society)


    I’m on the committee of the Ovingdean Residents and Preservation Society. We have a good relationship with the local farmer, helping with ragwort pulling and are now working on planting a native hedge (whips from I Dig Trees).

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    Brighton & Hove Food Partnership Consultation Response

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    View the response to the Brighton & Hove City Council Downland Consultation 2021 by the Brighton & Hove Food Partnership [PDF Download].


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    Speakout Link Group meeting 25/3/21 - Notes

    6 months ago

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    • Going out for drives
    • Going there for peace
    • Seeing the animals (horses & sheep)
    • The chance to grow things and socialise (good example if Moulsecoomb Forest Garden)

    Getting there

    • Most people do not have access to a car. It’s difficult to get into the countryside without a car
    • Buses are confusing and not regular enough
    • Up at Devils Dyke, bus times are not clear. The timetables are confusing
    • If you have mobility issues and don’t have a car, getting to the countryside (IE through difficult... Continue reading

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    The Network of International Women for Brighton & Hove Feedback

    6 months ago

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    Sussex Wildlife Trust - B&HCC Downland

    6 months ago

    (Submitted on behalf of the Sussex Wildlife Trust)

    Thank you for involving the Sussex Wildlife Trust (SWT) in your recent consultations on the creation of a new City Downland Estate Plan (CDEP). We have been pleased to see Brighton & Hove City Council (BHCC) expand the consultation process over the past few months and take on board comments from the public and other stakeholders.

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