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Eastbourne Local Plan 2019-2039

A new Local Plan for Eastbourne is currently in preparation. This new Plan will look ahead to 2039 and will be the key planning document that will shape, plan and manage growth, regeneration and development across the Borough, based on a vision of what we want Eastbourne to be like in 20 years’ time.

Eastbourne Borough includes the Downland within the South Downs National Park that stretches from the town to the outskirts of East Dean in Wealden District; however as the South Downs National Park Authority is the local planning authority for the whole of the South Downs, Eastbourne Borough Council’s Local Plan will only apply to the area of the Borough that is outside of the National Park. 

We will be working closely with the South Downs National Park Authority to ensure the functional links and importance of the Eastbourne Downland to the identity of Eastbourne is well recognised within the new Local Plan.

Whilst development can be controversial, it does provide the homes, jobs and other services and facilities that will be needed for future generations. This growth is required to help Eastbourne evolve in response to changing circumstances.

As part of this preparation, the local community and other stakeholders are asked for their views on what the Eastbourne Local Plan should contain.

Growth Strategy Consultation

The Council is currently undertaking a public consultation on the 'Growth Strategy', which sets out the level of housing and employment growth that could be accommodated in Eastbourne over the period to 2039 and where it might be located. This consultation is open between Friday 11th November 2022 and Friday 20th January 2023, and can be accessed via our on-line consultation portal.

Issues and Options Consultation

The public consultation on the first stage of preparing the new Local Plan ended in January 2020, though the Issues and Options Document, and other associated documents, are still available to download below.