The South Downs Local Plan will set out Planning Policies across the whole Park, replacing the 12 Local Authority Plans, with 96 policies that identify how land can be used and what can be built where. It has taken several years to develop, but is now nearing completion. Prior to submission to the Government's Planning Inspectorate next spring, the SDNPA are undertaking a final consultation. The Inspector's role is to test the 'soundness' of the draft plan, whether duty to cop-operate has been met and whether it is legally compliant. Soundness looks at whether the plan is positively prepared, justified, effective and consistent with national policy. This autumn that are asking for final comments on the Local Plan. Every comment will be passed to the Government Planning Inspector, who will respond to them as part of their examination into the Local Plan.
Further details can be found on the South Downs NPA website.