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 our 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.

We’ve recently launched our second public consultation for the City Downland Estate Plan which is available through the council’s consultation portal. The consultation is open for eight weeks closing on 8th July 2022.

Creation of the City Downland Estate Plan – UPDATE

The draft City Downland Estate Plan (CDEP) is now available for public consultation. Everyone within Brighton & Hove has the chance to review the draft plan and provide feedback.

The CDEP sets out our proposed future vision, ambitions and plans for the downland estate owned by Brighton & Hove City Council over the next 100 years. It is, therefore important that we develop the Plan using knowledge and experience held within both the council, and across partner organisations and interested groups.

The draft plan includes:

  • The set of aims and outcomes agreed by our residents through the Planning For Real public engagement process
  • The Key Considerations set out at the start of the process for guidance
  • Input from BHCC Officers, The Asset Management Board, the Downland Advisory Panel and South Downs National Park Authority to develop ideas and key practical considerations

Please note the City Downland Estate Plan is still in draft form and therefore the foreword and Appendix 1 are still work in progress.

Next Steps

The indicative timeline that sets out the steps for creating the plan can be viewed below. This shows all the steps mentioned above as we move towards the plan being approved at the council’s Policy & Resources committee at the end of 2022, and endorsed by the South Downs National Parks Authority early 2023.

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 our 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.

We’ve recently launched our second public consultation for the City Downland Estate Plan which is available through the council’s consultation portal. The consultation is open for eight weeks closing on 8th July 2022.

Creation of the City Downland Estate Plan – UPDATE

The draft City Downland Estate Plan (CDEP) is now available for public consultation. Everyone within Brighton & Hove has the chance to review the draft plan and provide feedback.

The CDEP sets out our proposed future vision, ambitions and plans for the downland estate owned by Brighton & Hove City Council over the next 100 years. It is, therefore important that we develop the Plan using knowledge and experience held within both the council, and across partner organisations and interested groups.

The draft plan includes:

  • The set of aims and outcomes agreed by our residents through the Planning For Real public engagement process
  • The Key Considerations set out at the start of the process for guidance
  • Input from BHCC Officers, The Asset Management Board, the Downland Advisory Panel and South Downs National Park Authority to develop ideas and key practical considerations

Please note the City Downland Estate Plan is still in draft form and therefore the foreword and Appendix 1 are still work in progress.

Next Steps

The indicative timeline that sets out the steps for creating the plan can be viewed below. This shows all the steps mentioned above as we move towards the plan being approved at the council’s Policy & Resources committee at the end of 2022, and endorsed by the South Downs National Parks Authority early 2023.

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 1 year 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

    about 1 year 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

    about 1 year 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

    about 1 year 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

    about 1 year 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

    about 1 year 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

    about 1 year ago
    (Submitted on behalf of Brighton & Hove Food Partnership)


    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

    about 1 year ago

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    What the group liked about the countryside

    • 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

    about 1 year 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.

    We introduced the aim of the consultation exercise, emphasising this is a ‘once in a lifetime opportunity ‘to protect the Downland for the next 100 years – for us and the next generation. We showed photos of key areas which are accessible and talked about those. Those were: Ditchling Beacon, Castle Hill Nature Reserve, Sheepcote Valley... Continue reading

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    Sussex Wildlife Trust - B&HCC Downland

    about 1 year 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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