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Our surroundings in West Sussex are vitally important to everyone who lives and works here so we invest in ensuring our environment is maintained to the highest degree.

Managing flood risk

Find out what the council and its partners are doing to minimise flood risk, and how you can help protect your property.

Historic Environment Record

West Sussex has a rich and varied heritage. Since the early 1970s, we have maintained a database of all known archaeological sites and finds, the Historic Environment Record.


Archaeology is about understanding past human societies, and their environment. Find out how West Sussex County Council's archaeology team are working to preserve the county's archaeological heritage.

The Rural Development Programme leader

The Rural Development Programme aims to improve the competitiveness of farming and forestry, support a diverse and successful rural economy, develop vibrant and thriving rural communities.

West Sussex Character Project

The Character of West Sussex Partnership Programme, aims for higher quality development and land management and conservation practices which respect the character of the county and its environmental assets.

Listed buildings

English Heritage compiles and manages a statutory list of buildings of architectural or historic interest. Find out about listed buildings and how to get permission to do work on them.

Conservation areas

Conservation areas are a well-established designation employed by local planning authorities to manage areas of special architectural or historic interest.

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