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Views sought on Stanmer Estate restoration plan

Stanmer House Image copyright Paul Gillett
Image caption Stanmer House is a Grade I listed mansion within the 18th Century estate

Restoration of a historic estate to its former glory will turn it into a key gateway for the South Downs National Park, Brighton council has said.

Stanmer Estate and Country Park, on the outskirts of the city, dates back to the 18th Century.

Proposals include the renovation of more than a dozen listed buildings and a walled kitchen garden.

Residents are now being asked for their views on a draft master plan drawn up after last year's public consultation.

Public exhibitions

The village of Stanmer is within the 1,198-acre (485 hectare) estate, which boasts the Grade I listed Stanmer House, 16 Grade II listed buildings, and a "nationally significant" Grade II listed landscape.

The restoration project is being jointly managed with the South Downs National Park Authority, which is co-funding the scheme.

Brighton and Hove City Council is also seeking external funding from various organisations, including the Heritage Lottery Fund.

A series of public exhibitions are being held at Stanmer Park and other city locations during April, with the first at Stanmer Church on Sunday afternoon.

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