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.

Creation of the City Downland Estate Plan – UPDATE

The second consultation on the draft City Downland Estate Plan (CDEP) has now closed. Thank you to everyone that took the time to contribute to this. The ideas and feedback supplied by this have been compiled and considered by the project team for the next draft of the plan. The report showing the compiled results is available on this page, in the ‘Public Engagement’ section, on the right hand side.

Next Steps

The majority of the work to create the plan has now been done, with residents, interested groups, partner organisations, council officers and members all having now contributed to the evolving and improving the plan. We are therefore in the final stages of preparing the City Downland Estate Plan to go to the council’s Policy & Resources committee in December 2022.

As a part of the process for South Downs National Parks Authority (SDNPA) to endorse the plan as a Whole Estate Plan, their members are currently considering the most up to date draft for final suggestions. Once received, these final suggestions will be considered for inclusion/amendments, before the plan is submitted for the December 2022 BHCC Policy & Resources committee, where we will be seeking this to become an approved policy document.

Once approved, work will then commence on implementing the plan and we will pass the approved plan to SDNPA to become an endorsed Whole Estate Plan (scheduled for Feb 23).

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.

Creation of the City Downland Estate Plan – UPDATE

The second consultation on the draft City Downland Estate Plan (CDEP) has now closed. Thank you to everyone that took the time to contribute to this. The ideas and feedback supplied by this have been compiled and considered by the project team for the next draft of the plan. The report showing the compiled results is available on this page, in the ‘Public Engagement’ section, on the right hand side.

Next Steps

The majority of the work to create the plan has now been done, with residents, interested groups, partner organisations, council officers and members all having now contributed to the evolving and improving the plan. We are therefore in the final stages of preparing the City Downland Estate Plan to go to the council’s Policy & Resources committee in December 2022.

As a part of the process for South Downs National Parks Authority (SDNPA) to endorse the plan as a Whole Estate Plan, their members are currently considering the most up to date draft for final suggestions. Once received, these final suggestions will be considered for inclusion/amendments, before the plan is submitted for the December 2022 BHCC Policy & Resources committee, where we will be seeking this to become an approved policy document.

Once approved, work will then commence on implementing the plan and we will pass the approved plan to SDNPA to become an endorsed Whole Estate Plan (scheduled for Feb 23).

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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    NFU Response to CDEP

    about 1 month ago

    (Posted on behalf of the National Farmers Union)

    View the response to the City Downland Estate Plan consultation from the National Farmers Union [PDF Download].




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    Land-management

    by Ecological Land Coop, over 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

    over 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

    over 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

    over 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

    over 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

    over 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

    over 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

    over 1 year ago

    (Subnitted on behalf of the Speakout Link Group)

    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

    over 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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