City Downland Estate Plan - two more ways to get involved

Plans to help shape the future of the city’s downland are progressing well.

Hundreds of residents and representatives from groups and organisations have already shared their views by taking part in online discussion groups and through the consultation portal

Online webinars

There are two further opportunities to get involved this month through online webinars.

Follow the links below to book your place.

Vision for the next 100 years

The City Downland Estate Plan will set out the vision for how our downland could be managed over the next 100 years.

The council’s City Downland Estate consists of around 12,500 acres and is mostly situated within the South Downs National Park.

The estate was initially acquired by the council around 100 years ago, with the aim of protecting the town’s water supply and controlling development.

In 2006, the council created the City Downland Estate Policy, which aimed to reconnect the people of Brighton & Hove to a more biodiverse downland with better education, improved access, and sustainable agriculture.

The policy has delivered improvements to the estate Including a significant increase in public access.

New opportunities

Councillor Amy Heley, chair of the Environment, Transport & Sustainability Committee, said: “Now, as the effects of Climate Change are becoming increasingly apparent, and in line with our pledge to become Carbon Neutral by 2030, we are at another pivotal point where a new long-term vision is required for our City Downland Estate.

“The new City Downland Estate Plan will refresh and develop our existing Downland Estate Policy, building on our current successes and finding new opportunities to meet the demands of a challenging future and a changing world.

“We hope residents will take this once in a lifetime opportunity to help us protect and enhance our precious downland for future generations.”

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