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

Now that the vision is in place, the draft City Downland Estate Plan can be developed. The action plan within this, that sets out the future plans for the estate will be created using the recommendations from the public engagement exercise, with input from BHCC officers/members, South Downs National Parks Assoc and key stakeholders.

We are also enlisting NatCap Research to consider the proposals being put forward within the action plan, in order to provide a measurement of the positive impact they would have on our natural capital.

Once the draft has been developed, it will then be taken to the South Downs National Parks Assoc for the first step in their process of endorsing this as a Whole Estate Plan.

After this, there will be another public engagement process where everyone will get a chance to review the draft plan and provide feedback. Further information on this will be forthcoming.

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, and endorsed by the South Downs National Parks Assoc.

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

Now that the vision is in place, the draft City Downland Estate Plan can be developed. The action plan within this, that sets out the future plans for the estate will be created using the recommendations from the public engagement exercise, with input from BHCC officers/members, South Downs National Parks Assoc and key stakeholders.

We are also enlisting NatCap Research to consider the proposals being put forward within the action plan, in order to provide a measurement of the positive impact they would have on our natural capital.

Once the draft has been developed, it will then be taken to the South Downs National Parks Assoc for the first step in their process of endorsing this as a Whole Estate Plan.

After this, there will be another public engagement process where everyone will get a chance to review the draft plan and provide feedback. Further information on this will be forthcoming.

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, and endorsed by the South Downs National Parks Assoc.

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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    CDEP - Some additional comments

    7 months ago

    (Additional comments submitted on behalf of the ESCC County Archaeologist following attendance of the November online meeting)

    Archaeological Notification Areas (ANAs) are not depicted on the heritage map viewable at Heritage_111..pdf (brighton-hove.gov.uk). This correctly illustrates the Designated sites such as Scheduled Monuments, Listed Buildings and Historic Parks & Gardens, but overlooks non-designated heritage assets, which are extensive, particularly across the downland landscape. In terms of the downland context it only shows Stanmer Park as being a ‘heritage at risk area’. Once you add in the ANAs and appreciate that even these may not reflect the true extent of significant... Continue reading

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    Whole Estate Plan - Feedback on First Planning For Real Session

    7 months ago

    (Submitted on behalf of The Brighton Downs Alliance)

    WHOLE ESTATE PLAN - FIRST PLANNING FOR REAL SESSION

    Some comments

    Dave Bangs, co-founder The Brighton Downs Alliance, author of 'A Freedom to Roam Guide to the Brighton Downs' (2008)


    GENERAL REMARKS

    This exercise needs face to face unmediated, relaxed-about-time sessions in halls and rooms. That's how PfReal works best.

    If lock-down means you can't do that you need major compensatory measures: -

    - multiple much smaller groups - no more than 20 attendees each

    - much longer input opportunities: 1.5 hrs

    - cut down the session preamble material to no more... Continue reading

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    Sussex Wildlife Trust - Discussion Group Feedback

    7 months ago

    (Submitted on behalf of the Sussex Wildlife Trust)

    I wanted to give some initial feedback from the Sussex Wildlife Trust (SWT) after attending the first discussion group on the 17th November.

    I am sure BHCC and Planning for Real have been learning from each of the discussion group events, but I personally found it quite hard to submit content via the chat box whilst also trying to keep track of the discussion. Additionally I do think there were some technical issues for some. I know what a difficult year it has been and the limitations that the pandemic has... Continue reading

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    Organic, agroecological approaches working with natural systems

    7 months ago

    (Submitted on behalf of 'CSA - Fork and Dig It' )

    Brighton CSA- Fork and Dig It contributes it’s view to The Downland Estate consultation.

    Brighton and Hove have been awarded the Gold Sustainable Food Place award recently so it would be incredible if we could be national leaders in starting the conversion of more land ie, The Downland Estate to organic status. This only take 3 years and is a process Stanmer Organics (sadly only 17 acres) began back in 2005, achieving Soil Association accreditation since 2008.

    Brighton CSA- Fork and Dig It are based on 2 acres of... Continue reading

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    Management of the Estate and organisations

    7 months ago

    (Originally submitted as part of the 'Do you have anything else to add' section of the Land Use survey)

    Management of the Estate and organisations

    Develop an ecosystem of not-for-profit community centered businesses, organisations and volunteer groups to manage and coordinate activities on the estate.

    Set up a Charter to legally protect the estate for future generations.

    Some suggestions for organisations to develop:

    • Downland Estate Management (Development, implementation and monitoring of wholistic estate management plan, according to founding principles of aquifer protection, nature conservation, sustainability, community engagement and access).
    • Downland Estate Conservation (Habitat monitoring, ecological surveys, landscape planning, species introductions... Continue reading

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    BRIGHTON FARMLAND ESTATE WEP - A TENANTS VIEW

    7 months ago

    I attended the consultation meeting on Saturday 21st, within the limits of a Zoom meeting a lot of views were expressed. There were only three tenant farmers attending so the farming view was rather diluted by the non-farming contributions. I was able to make a few points during the meeting but would like to expand on some of them.

    I have been farming at Housedean Farm for 46 years. I followed my father and grandfather who became a tenant in 1937. We have a long history here and that will continue through my son Nick who took over... Continue reading

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    Waterhall - gateway and sports hub

    by BN1SDP, 7 months ago

    Rather than being shunned and ignored, i believe that role of sports needs to be embraced with the development of the large plans (Pulbic health / mental health / diverse land for diverse people)

    it is right on the railway line & A23 at the far end

    the old patcham Halt railway stop could be re-enstated or better still a branch off the main line for a direct link to the B&H stations

    Bus links easliy catered, park & ride for the city can be created


    Waterhall area already has football pitches, Brighton rugby club, baseball club, AFL club, 3G

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    My Thoughts on Making the Most of the Downland Estate

    by rbickers, 7 months ago

    Background

    The Downland estate forms part of a nationally important landscape and supports important, including nationally and internationally important, areas of chalk grassland, the iconic habitat of the South Downs. However, especially in the last century, it has been badly damaged, for example, by built development, forms of agricultural ‘improvement’ and neglect, as well as other land use changes, which have eroded its special character and led to significant losses of biological diversity and abundance.

    The Downland Estate is a wonderful public asset, but I believe it has too often been undervalued by BHCC and its predecessor authorities. It has... Continue reading

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    Education and Training on the Land

    by Ross Adamson, 7 months ago

    I cycle up to Fork and Dit It each week, through the Beech and Lime trees of Stanmer park to reach a community supported agriculture farm in Stanmer Organics called 'Fork and Dig It'. I'm currently on a one year traineeship with the farm. Fork and Dig It not only produces locally grown organic fruit and vegetables it is making an important contribution to food security by including education and training as an integral part of its food growing activity.

    Taking place over a year, this education and training is 'real' and situated. We deal with the changing seasons and... Continue reading

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    The case for Public Health (cont.)

    by Jimmy Burke , 7 months ago

    In the previous submission, we referred to the potential benefits to families, social groups and communities from a maximally accessible Downland Estate. The potential to strengthen such social and community networks is enormous including, for example, activities such as volunteering, ecological education, cultural events and social interactions of all kinds including walking groups. Popular ‘Healthwalks’ are already being provided by the council’s Healthy Lifestyles Team but there is potential to significantly expand the offer to provide even more opportunities to improve people’s physical and mental health and help address the very real problem of social isolation.

    Brighton and Hove City... Continue reading

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