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.


Public Engagement Process (UPDATE)

Stage 1 of the public engagement process has now closed, however submissions to the ‘Your Contributions’ section on this page can continue to be made.

We’ve had a fantastic response from the wider community in Brighton & Hove during stage 1. Here are some of the ways people have been getting involved:

  • 5 online discussion groups, attended by over 400 people
  • 2 webinars attended by over 120 people
  • 3100+ views/opinions/ideas recorded from the discussion groups/webinars/online portal/Quick polls
  • 80 detailed submissions added to ‘Your contributions’ on the interactive web page

All of the information put forward in stage 1 will be collated by our public engagement consultants (Planning For Real). We will be publishing this here on our web pages for everyone to see the breadth of opinions and ideas that have been made. Paper copies will also be available on request.


The Next Stage

The aim of the next stage is to produce a proposal for the draft City Downland Estate Plan and to use the views/opinions/ideas that have been submitted in Stage 1 to inform and steer the process.

The proposal being created will include a vision for the future of the downland estate owned by the council, and the policy objectives that will achieve this.

To do this, we will be holding a ‘carousel’ event – created and facilitated by Planning For Real – on Friday 23rd April 2021. This will be an all day, online event (Zoom) and this will be an opportunity for the community to work with the council and co-create a collective agreement on the proposals.

The deadline for requesting a place at this event has now passed, however we will be live streaming the majority of the event for everyone to view. Details of how to access the livestream will be added here.

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.


Public Engagement Process (UPDATE)

Stage 1 of the public engagement process has now closed, however submissions to the ‘Your Contributions’ section on this page can continue to be made.

We’ve had a fantastic response from the wider community in Brighton & Hove during stage 1. Here are some of the ways people have been getting involved:

  • 5 online discussion groups, attended by over 400 people
  • 2 webinars attended by over 120 people
  • 3100+ views/opinions/ideas recorded from the discussion groups/webinars/online portal/Quick polls
  • 80 detailed submissions added to ‘Your contributions’ on the interactive web page

All of the information put forward in stage 1 will be collated by our public engagement consultants (Planning For Real). We will be publishing this here on our web pages for everyone to see the breadth of opinions and ideas that have been made. Paper copies will also be available on request.


The Next Stage

The aim of the next stage is to produce a proposal for the draft City Downland Estate Plan and to use the views/opinions/ideas that have been submitted in Stage 1 to inform and steer the process.

The proposal being created will include a vision for the future of the downland estate owned by the council, and the policy objectives that will achieve this.

To do this, we will be holding a ‘carousel’ event – created and facilitated by Planning For Real – on Friday 23rd April 2021. This will be an all day, online event (Zoom) and this will be an opportunity for the community to work with the council and co-create a collective agreement on the proposals.

The deadline for requesting a place at this event has now passed, however we will be live streaming the majority of the event for everyone to view. Details of how to access the livestream will be added here.

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, about 2 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

    2 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

    2 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

    2 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

    2 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

    2 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).

    I would like to see some mention of grass verges in the estate plan. There is a huge amount of land involved both in the urban fringe and motorways. The lack of care in both is increasing especially the motorways and link roads. Orchids, primroses, hazel etc are strewn with rubbish. Lack of care... Continue reading

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    Brighton & Hove Food Partnership Consultation Response

    2 months ago
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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

    2 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

    2 months ago

    ‘The Future of the Downland’ for the City of Brighton & Hove

    Feedback from our consultation (February/March 2021) with women resident in the City and who are from Syria, Sudan, Argentina, Jordan, Yemen, and Iran, as well some who were born in the UK.

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    Sussex Wildlife Trust - B&HCC Downland

    2 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.

    Please note that SWT previously submitted some initial comments after the first consultation session which still have relevance. The comments were sent by email on 4.12.20. Additionally, we have completed the surveys for the four themes... Continue reading

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