The Stanmer Restoration Project

Stanmer Estate and our Master Plan proposals

stanmer parkThe council's Parks Projects Team is leading on this project for the whole Stanmer Estate.

We are aiming to restore the 18th Century landscape and buildings, enhance natural features and protect biodiversity, improve access, provide opportunities for involvement and education, and ensure the Estate is managed in a sustainable way and reflects the needs of park users and the wider community. We hope to achieve this by using external funding from various organisations including the Heritage Lottery Fund.

About Stanmer Estate

Stanmer Estate is a much-loved public park and a nationally significant eighteenth century Grade II landscape. It also forms the setting for the Grade I listed Stanmer House, Grade II* Stable Block and 16 Grade II listed buildings.

Situated in the South Downs National Park, Stanmer Estate’s beautiful woodland walks and extensive open lands provide an important area for residents across the city and visitors, with many using it for walking, enjoying nature, sports and other leisure activities - and as a gateway to the wider Park.

Stanmer Estate is also a working landscape, with farming, grazing and food growing taking place on its land. It is  home to many residents in Stanmer Village and in cottages around the estate as well.

Take a look at the Stanmer Estate plan (PDF 4.22MB)

Who has been involved in the Master Plan proposal process?

The Parks Projects team is continuing to work closely with a number of partners to plan the project and explore all options. These include the South Downs National Park Authority (SDNPA), Brighton and Hove Food Partnership, Stanmer Preservation Society, Stanmer Stakeholders Group and the city council’s Property and Design Team. The proposals for putting back into use derelict buildings and vacant plots are being led by the Property and Design Team in partnership with the SDNPA.

This work follows a public consultation held in summer 2013 which aimed to find out how visitors use Stanmer Estate, what was important to them, and what would help them enjoy their visits even more. From those comments and ideas, and by continuing work with stakeholders, we developed a Master Plan.

Land Use Consultancy (LUC) have been commissioned by the city council to produce a landscape vision for the council’s 485 hectares of land-holding on the Estate.

There are three key visions:

  • Restore the Home Farm Complex
  • Restore the entrance and Parkland to Stanmer House
  • Restore the Walled Garden.


To deliver the Master Plan proposals, the council is seeking external funding. This will include a Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) bid. We are making a bid for funding from two of the HLF's schemes:

Each fund allows you to bid up to £5m, and is a two-stage process. Below is an example timescale for how long an HLF application might take:

When? What?
August 2014 Stage 1 Bid Submission
Jan 2015 Stage 1 Bid Decision
Feb 2016 Stage 2 Bid Submission
August 2016 Stage 2 Bid Decision
Sept 2016 to August 2017 Preparation for Construction Phase
Sept 2017 to Oct 2018 Construction Phase

 Find out more about the proposals

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