Development Plans

Read the draft City Plan Part 2 as well as the adopted City Plan Part 1, retained policies of the Brighton & Hove Local Plan (2005) and adopted policies map.

Emerging Development Plans

City Plan Part 2

The council formally submitted the Proposed Submission City Plan Part 2, together with the supporting documents, to the Secretary of State for examination on 13 May. Examination hearings took place in November.

Find the latest news about the City Plan Part 2 examination including the submitted and examination documents.

Read the Proposed Submission City Plan Part 2.

Find more information on previous consultations on the City Plan Part 2 and the next stages timetable.

For the latest updates on a number of other planning policy documents and upcoming consultations, read the Planning Policy Newsletter, January 2022.

Adopted Development Plans

City Plan Part 1 (adopted March 2016)

Annexes to the City Plan Part 1:

​​More information on the City Plan Part 1.

Brighton & Hove Local Plan Adopted 2005

Adopted Policies Map (2020)

(Please note some layout and also factual errors relating to Heritage designations present in the Committee Document maps were corrected and agreed on 12 April 2016 under the delegated powers of the Acting Executive Director Environment, Development and Housing)

For ease of use the following is a 1:5,000 scale map of the Brighton central area:

Adopted policies from the East Sussex, South Downs and Brighton & Hove Waste and Minerals Local Plan are shown on this map:

South Downs Local Plan (South Downs National Park Authority)

The South Downs Local Plan was formally adopted by the South Downs National Park Authority on Tuesday 2 July 2019. View the Local Plan Policies Map.

East Sussex, South Downs and Brighton & Hove Waste and Minerals Local Plan

The Waste and Minerals Local Plan (WMLP) is the name for the set of planning documents that together form the statutory plans for waste and minerals developments in Brighton & Hove and East Sussex.

Waste and Minerals Local Plan Review consultation

The authorities are reviewing some of the policies in the adopted Waste and Minerals Local Plan. They're are seeking representations from all stakeholders and members of the public on the contents of the Draft Revised Policies of the Waste and Minerals Local Plan. This was open for comment over a period of 12 weeks from 11 May to 3 August 2020. Further details are available on the consultation portal.

Shoreham Harbour Joint Area Action Plan

The Shoreham Harbour Joint Area Action Plan (JAAP) was formally adopted by Brighton & Hove City Council on 24 October 2019. It replaces the Shoreham Harbour Interim Planning Guidance, Western Harbour Arm Development Brief and South Portslade and Aldrington Basin Development Brief. The plan forms part of the development plan for Brighton & Hove alongside the City Plan Part 1 and Waste and Minerals Plans.

More information is available on the Shoreham Harbour Regeneration page.


Planning applications are considered against the policies set out in The National Planning Policy Framework, policies in the City Plan Part 1 (adopted in March 2016) and the remaining retained policies in the Brighton & Hove Adopted Local Plan (adopted 2005). Minerals and Waste matters are dealt with jointly by East Sussex County Council, South Downs National Park Authority and Brighton & Hove County Council.

A version of the Brighton and Hove Local Plan (as at March 2016) is available to view which contains those retained policies which were not replaced by policies in the City Plan Part 1.

Work is currently underway on The City Plan Part 2. This part of the City Plan will contain the remaining development management policies and site allocations. When adopted this will replace the Brighton & Hove Local Plan in its entirety.

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