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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    by Natacha Bricks-Yonow, 10 months ago

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    by friendsofthebrightondowns, 10 months ago


    These maps show what survives of Brighton's ancient chalk grassland "Our most valuable wildlife ecosystem" and a vision for it's restoration at landscape scale.

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    by PhilB, 10 months ago

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