Local Plans

All local planning authorities must prepare a Local Plan which sets out the strategy and policies to enable the sustainable development of the area. By law, Local Plans must be positively prepared, justified, effective and consistent with national policy in accordance with section 20 of the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004 (as amended) and the National Planning Policy Framework.

Local Plans must be prepared in consultation with the community and there are set times in the process where local people can put their ideas across to their council. The plan-making process is a long one, often running over several years. It is important that we put forward comments at every stage possible to make sure wildlife has a voice.

We get involved with as many consultations on Local Plans as our capacity allows, here is a small selection of responses we have made over the past few years. Many of these have lead directly to positive changes in policy wording to benefit wildlife and people.

Local Plan Consultations

In March 2020, Horsham District Council consulted on a review of their Local Plan. Click here to see some of the questions we have received from members of the public about the Horsham Local Plan and our responses. 

For more details on your Local Plan please visit the website of the District or Borough that applies to you.

West Sussex

East Sussex

South Downs National Park

On 1st April 2011, the South Downs National Park Authority (SDNPA) became a statutory Planning Authority, with responsibility for all planning applications, planning policy and other planning matters within the South Downs National Park boundary.

Like all other Local Planning Authorities the SDNPA must put together a Local Plan that guides planning for the National Park area. More information about this emerging Local Plan can be found here.