Planning affects all of our lives. It affects where we live, work and relax; where new shops and community facilities are built; and it protects our historic buildings and the natural environment.

The Local Plan is a vital part of this, helping to control and shape development and provide much needed housing in our area over the next 15 years.

Our plan covers areas in the district that do not fall within the South Downs National Park. There is a separate plan for the whole of the National Park and this is produced by the South Downs National Park Authority.

We all know that our district is an incredibly special place and we want to keep it that way. This is why the Local Plan is so important - it helps us to protect the area, while also addressing the district's needs.

The Local Plan helps us to:

  • choose where the development goes;
  • protect the character and beauty of the area;
  • provide job and housing opportunities so that our children can continue to work and live locally;
  • support and help to boost the local economy;
  • help our residents to maintain healthy and active lifestyles; and,
  • make sure that we have adequate services, travel options and community facilities.

You may remember that our current Local Plan was adopted in July 2015. At that time, the Local Plan was approved, but the Government Inspector said that we had to review it again within five years to make sure that sufficient housing was planned to meet the needs of the area.

Stage One of the review process was carried out in June 2017 with an Issues and Options consultation, in which we invited you to complete a questionnaire regarding the overall development strategy and possible development locations. These responses were used to help draft our Preferred Approach Plan.

The Local Plan Review: Preferred Approach is the second stage of the process. It sets out the proposed development strategy and policies for the area to meet future needs. We are now asking for your comments on our Preferred Approach.