Future West Sussex Plan

This plan sets out a pledge between West Sussex County Council and its communities.

Our Future West Sussex Plan sets out a four year pledge to the people of West Sussex about what we will achieve for them by 2019.




The Future West Sussex Plan is our blueprint for what we will deliver over the four year period.

It’s aligned to our three core priorities of:

  • giving children the best start in life
  • championing the West Sussex Economy
  • promoting independence in later life.

The future West Sussex Plan represents a contract between West Sussex County Council and its communities. It contains our vision for West Sussex and the differences we are trying to achieve for our residents and for the county.

It also sets out how we will make those differences and, equally importantly, how you’ll know whether we have been successful in achieving them.

The Future West Sussex Plan details some of the clear challenges facing the Council over the next four years.

Projections for the county by 2019 include:

West Sussex will contain 375,000 households

  • The average West Sussex home will cost over £300,000
  • Care for the elderly will take up more than half of the council’s budget
  • We will recycle 50% of our household waste
  • 56,600 residents in West Sussex will be living with at least one long term health condition
  • 95% of residents will have access to high speed broadband
  • 44,800 babies will be born in West Sussex between 2015 and 2019
  • We’ll need 10,990 care beds for West Sussex residents
  • It is projected that the county will have 856,300 residents
  • West Sussex will require 18,378 more school places

Read the Plan and learn how we intend to address these issues.

Glossary of terms.

West Sussex core values

West Sussex core values

To support achieving the Future West Sussex Plan we have developed, with the support and engagement of over 1,300 employees, a core set of values for the organisation. Our five organisational values are:

  • Customer centred - where we put the customer central to everything we do to drive continuous improvement.
  • Listen and act upon - we listen to our colleagues, customers and partners and act upon what they say, involving them in decision making.
  • Honest and realistic - we are honest and realistic about what we can achieve and give the rationale behind decisions.
  • Trust and support - we trust and support each other (colleagues, partners and customers) to achieve our goals and work collaboratively.
  • Genuinely valued - where, as staff, we feel our contribution is valued, our achievements are recognised and we provide a service which is of value to our customers.

The values shape how we engage with our employees, customers (Customer promise) and partners on a day to day basis and are integrated in HR policies and procedures, for example, in how we:

  • attract new employees
  • monitor, recognise and reward employees
  • train and develop employees
  • manage change.


  • Future West Sussex Plan Glossery of terms (PDF, 217KB)

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  • Summaries of Executive Directorate Business Plans (PDF, 349KB)

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