The Stanmer Estate is a Grade 2 listed park, which has been on Historic England's At Risk Register for a long time, following many years of neglect and misuse. Historic England has been working with the South Downs National Park Authority (as the planning authority) and Brighton and Hove City Council (as the landowners) to develop a Masterplan to put into place measures to ensure that Stanmer will be removed from the At Risk Register and be protected and self-sustainable into the future.
One project is Brighton and Hove County Council’s proposed development of the agricultural buildings including the Long Barn.
Another – which depends on the Council’s bid for Heritage Lottery Funding – involves significant changes to the face of the Park. We expect to find out any day now whether that bid has been successful. (Update on 9.1.17 - the bid has been successful).
Either way, there has never been a more important time for those who love Stanmer to get involved and speak up. Development is a great opportunity for gains to the Park but also for much to be lost.
Much has already been lost
Over the years, SPS members have witnessed decisions made that have left Stanmer much poorer. For example, in spite of reassurances and promises, Stanmer has lost:
So we are determined to ensure that this latest round of development does not add to the list of losses. SPS supports a holistic vision of development for Stanmer but we have some serious concerns about aspects of the current plans, including:
A creative future
Stanmer Park is an extraordinary asset that belongs to the people of Brighton and Hove. The SPS calls on the BHCC and SDNPA to re-commit to the original holistic vision for an imaginative development of Stanmer that reflects the results of public consultation and includes:
SPS also believes that in order to guarantee holistic stewardship, Stanmer needs to be managed by a central body made up of people who are not solely members of the Council and commercially interested parties, but a diverse mix of stakeholders providing a truly holistic vision.
How can you get involved?
In the first instance, join the SPS – we’ll keep you up to date with what’s happening and what you can do.
You'll find a more detailed statement of SPS's response to events below.