South Downs Gets UK’s First Local Plan For A National Park

The first Local Plan for the entire South Downs National Park has been submitted to the Government for approval.

The document incorporates more than 50 neighbourhood plans created by communities within and around the park, covering a total of 12 local authorities across West Sussex and beyond.

It’ll be used to determine the outcome for planning applications in the area into the future.

More than 2,500 people gave their views on the plan during a pre-submission consultation last year.

Margaret Paren, chairwoman of the South Downs National Park Authority, said: ‘The South Downs Local Plan puts our nationally-important landscapes first and will ensure they sit at the heart of every planning decision we make. Putting the landscape first means making sure we get the right growth in the right places.

‘This will both protect our landscapes and allow our communities to flourish, providing better places to live and work for the 112,000 people who call the South Downs National Park home.’

The Local Plan has been developed with residents and includes around 50 neighbourhood plans developed.

It provides local development management policies and allocates land for development.

The next step will be the appointment of an Inspector to examine the Plan.

The Inspector will then set questions to be answered by the Authority and other interested parties on the plan.

All outstanding queries will be dealt with at public hearings, expected to be held at the South Downs Centre in Midhurst.

All updates on the Local Plan will be published on the examination website including times and dates for public hearings.

The plan, along with its background documents and a timetable for the development scheme, can be found at the South Downs National Park Authority website.

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