West Sussex and Greater Brighton Strategic Planning Board

Working together for the benefit of the whole area

West Sussex and Greater Brighton Strategic Planning Board cws-gtr-btn-logo-march-14

The West Sussex and Greater Brighton (WS & Gtr Brighton) Strategic Planning Board comprises lead councillors from each of the local planning authorities across West Sussex (Adur, Arun, Chichester, Worthing, Horsham, Mid-Sussex and Crawley) with West Sussex County Council, Brighton and Hove City Council, Lewes, and the South Downs National Park. The Board is an advisory body who’s remit is to:

  • To identify and manage spatial planning issues that impact on more than one local planning area across the West Sussex and Greater Brighton area; and
  • support better integration and alignment of strategic spatial and investment priorities in the West Sussex and Greater Brighton area.

The Board has signed a Memorandum of Understanding and agreed Terms of Reference which has estabilshed a framework for co-operation and agreed its Local Strategic Statement (LSS) which is the main vehicle for taking forward the Board’s work on behalf of the individual Local Planning Authorities.

The Board meets quarterly and the agenda and minutes can be found here.

The Local Strategic Statement sets out the long term Strategic Objectives for the period 2013 – 2031 and the Spatial Priorities for delivering these in the short to medium term (2013-2020) to support regeneration, providing jobs and homes that are needed for its residents and businesses.

At the same time, protecting the high quality environment that provides the essential foundations for sustainable growth.

The LSS has a broad framework for land use and although at a high level it was considered appropriate by the board to carry out a Sustainability Appraisal. This approach reflects the requirements set out in law for the impact to the environment, as well as the social and economic impacts that need to be taken into account.

Click here to download the full Sustainability Appraisal.

Nathaniel Lichfield & Partners Reports

In 2014, Nathan Lichfield & Partners were commissioned to produce 3 reports that gave partners a better understanding of the wider economic geography that focused on:

  • The Housing Market
  • The Economy – across Coastal West Sussex and Greater Brighton
  • The Transport System


Working to Excellence

The Coastal West Sussex and Greater Brighton Strategic Planning Board have been awarded the Royal Town Planning Excellence Award 2014 (see us on page 21) for Innovative Planning Practice in Plan Making for taking a new approach to strategic planning that guides planning priorities and maximise investment opportunities in the area. The Board enables an active and on-going dialogue, led by elected members, where spatial priorities and key interventions in the area can be considered and agreed

The Local Stategic Statement also features as a Planning Advisory Service case study which you can download here.

Award Winning Planning

CWS RTPI Award Winners 2014 (2)

The Planning Board were delighted to receive the Royal Town Planning Excellence Award 2014