Stanmer Estate Restoration

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What is the Restoration Project all about?

The council's Parks Projects team is leading on developing a long-term master plan for Stanmer Park and Estate.

The overall aim is to restore and protect its historic buildings and 18th century landscape, enhance its natural features, improve the environment, improve access, provide opportunities for involvement and education, ensure the Estate is managed in a sustainable way that reflects the needs of park users and the wider community and make the whole park and Estate accessible for all.

Specifically, we aim to:

  • restore the entrance and Parkland to Stanmer House
  • restore the Walled Garden
  • restore the Home Farm Complex (this part may require a bid for further funding).

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Click here to find out more about Stanmer Park and Estate's history and heritage

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The Project’s draft vision

This is intended to ensure that this important landscape is conserved and will be available and meaningful to future generations of residents, businesses or visitors. The landscape vision aims to balance the potentially competing demands on the Estate.

Funding for the project

The council made a bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund and Big Lottery Fund’s “Parks for People” scheme and in January 2015 was awarded funding of around £291,000 in the first stage of a two-stage process. This funding means we can now develop detailed plans to support a further bid of around £4m to get some work underway. We cannot achieve our vision and aims without external funding.

What are the key project milestones?

This is an example timescale showing how long a full Heritage Lottery Fund application and project development process is likely to take. It also indicates where we are at the moment in that process.

Date Stage Progress
August 2014 Stage 1 bid submission Completed
January 2015 Stage 1 bid decision Achieved
August 2016 Stage 2 bid submission In development
January 2017 Stage 2 bid decision Not yet reached
January to September 2017 Preparation for construction phase Not yet reached
October 2017 to August 2018 Construction phase Not yet reached


Project development partners and stakeholders

A number of key partners were involved throughout the master plan proposal process and will continue to be closely involved. These include the South Downs National Park Authority (SDNPA), Plumpton Agricultural College, Stanmer Preservation Society, Stanmer Stakeholders Group and the city council’s Property and Design team. 

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