Sustainable development in the South Downs

Sustainable development in the South Downs

The third webinar organised by the South Downs Network to coincide with the COP-26 summit looks at Sustainable Development and Living.

It focuses on the Phoenix Project in Lewes which will be one of the most significant brownfield developments in a National Park. The free webinar takes place on Wednesday 8 December from 6pm to 7.30pm.

“The developers Human Nature aim to put people and landscape at the heart of plans for this 16-acre former industrial site,” said Vic Ient, Volunteer Organiser for the South Downs Network. “The SDN’s webinar will allow a full and open discussion of their proposals and the opportunity to ask questions about how community planning initiatives can be brought to other parts of the South Downs.”

Human Nature want the Phoenix Project to set an example for what better, healthier sustainable living can look like. It will create green streets for walkers and cyclists, community gardens which can be used for food growing, and many shared spaces and co-working opportunities. The lead speaker is Chelsea Renton, Human Nature’s Head of Communities. As well as pioneering sustainable building projects, Chelsea has worked with refugees and isolated communities in Croatia, Bosnia and Albania.

She will be joined by other members of Human Nature who will discuss plans for the riverside development and answer questions. While providing a range of different homes, the Phoenix Project is keen to retain and upcycle existing buildings to help reduce carbon emissions.

You can sign up to take part in the free webinar on 8 December by visiting the South Downs Network website,, and using the link to the Eventbrite website.

The South Downs Network is a voluntary organisation campaigning on environmental issues across the South Downs National Park in East Sussex, West Sussex and Hampshire with the aim of a sustainable future and meeting the carbon challenge.

For further information please contact:

Vic Ient,

Volunteer Organiser,

South Downs Network,

T: 07788720929.


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