Planning to fail wildlife?

In 2020, the Government proposed a major overhaul of the planning system, which poses a huge threat to Sussex wildlife. 

Development pressure in Sussex is already high and the proposals set out in the two consultations below, would have seen an even bigger drive for new housing, without taking into account our environmental limits. We successfully managed to stop the worst changes to the current planning system, however it is still not clear what overall reforms will look like.  

It’s vital that nature is at the heart of the planning system. Click on the links below to find out more about the consultations that ran and the possible outcomes:

  1. Changes to the current planning system 
  2. Planning White Paper 

The Sussex Wildlife Trust responded to both consultations and we want to thank all of the people who supported us by submitting their own comments and objections. 

Sussex Wildlife Trust is not anti-development or against new housing - we know the planning system is not perfect and we do want to see reform, but the 2020 proposals will make a bad situation much worse. 

We believe that new homes should be inspiring and beautiful places to live, where people and nature thrive together. We are campaigning for an evidence-based planning system that empowers local communities and protects and enhances the rich biodiversity of Sussex.

In this section

1. Changes to the current planning system

2. Planning White Paper

Have your say on the future of the Brighton & Hove City Downland Estate


Have your say on the future of the Brighton & Hove City Downland Estate

Have a look at the draft City Downland Estate Plan and make your voice heard by 8 July.


An open letter to Center Parcs

An open letter to Center Parcs


Oldhouse Warren and Center Parcs update

Oldhouse Warren and Center Parcs update


Save Oldhouse Warren ancient woodland

Save Oldhouse Warren ancient woodland


Nature is feeling the squeeze

Nature is feeling the squeeze


Standing up for nature in November

Standing up for nature in November


PAWS for thought

PAWS for thought


Have your say on Rampion 2

Have your say on Rampion 2


Not too late to plan ahead

Not too late to plan ahead


Summer Plans, make sure you don't miss out

Summer Plans, make sure you don't miss out