What infrastructure is

Infrastructure is the fundamental services and facilities that an area needs. 

As Brighton & Hove’s population grows, we have to make sure we maintain and improve the existing infrastructure. We must also provide new infrastructure where necessary. 

If we do this, our city will grow and develop in a sustainable way. 



About the Infrastructure Delivery Plan (IDP)

The Infrastructure Delivery Plan (IDP) sets out the following for different infrastructure types:

  • where it's needed for different infrastructure types
  • why it's needed
  • an update on the delivery of the infrastructure to date

The IDP aims to:

  • support the City Plan’s policies, vision and objectives, accommodating growth across the remaining City Plan period to 2030
  • highlight existing gaps in infrastructure across the city and help respond to changes within the city, such as population fluctuations and varying demands for services
  • provide evidence on how future infrastructure needs in the city will be met and what the costs will be
  • inform infrastructure delivery decisions such as Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) funding allocations

The IDP is an iterative document, which means it will be updated regularly to take account of infrastructure delivery and changing needs.

The council aim to update this document every two years.

How we produced the IDP

We sourced the details in the IDP  from consultation with key stakeholders. These include officers representing all services across the operational directorates. 

We have also engaged with external stakeholders, including:

  • the local NHS Clinical Commissioning Group
  • the Regional Ambulance Trust
  • Sussex Police
  • East Sussex Fire & Rescue
  • Southern Water

What the IDP contains

Infrastructure covers a range of different facilities and services. 

These range from softer infrastructure like schools, libraries and GPs, to harder infrastructure as utilities, cycle lanes and waste management facilities. 

The types of infrastructure considered in this IDP align with strategic priorities identified in national policy and in relevant legislation. They also align with local priorities identified in the council’s Local Plan and includes the following.

Social infrastructure:

  • nursery, primary, secondary and further education
  • health facilities
  • community facilities and heritage
  • cultural facilities
  • churches, cemeteries and crematoria
  • the police

Environment and leisure:

  • open spaces, parks and allotments
  • children's play provision
  • indoor and outdoor sports facilities
  • the seafront


  • roads including the fire service
  • active travel

Utilities, flood and water management:

  • energy
  • water and sewerage
  • waste, recycling and disposal
  • flood and water management

Blue & Green Networks.


  • new homes
  • investment in existing stock

Any update of this IDP may include more types of infrastructure, as we review strategic priorities.

For each category, a summary table provides detail surrounding the following:

  • specific projects required
  • who will deliver them
  • current estimated or indicative costs of the scheme or programme
  • funding available
  • potential sources of funding
  • identification of the current funding shortfall

To make sure everyone can understand the IDP, the layout is simple, clear and concise. This will help the council keep the IDP up to date in the future.

The council, partners and stakeholders will use this document to make sure they provide appropriate infrastructure. This will support the growth anticipated in the City Plan. 

We will use the IDP to help make decisions about delivering infrastructure. For example, the allocation of the Citywide part of the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) receipts to projects. We may also use it as supporting evidence in other bids for infrastructure funding.

We will review the IDP every two years and treat it as a live document. We will update it as new information and evidence become available informed by engagement with key stakeholders. 

IDP - Summary - Financial assessment

Social Infrastructure breakdown

Open space and leisure breakdown

Flood and water management breakdown