Future plans for South Downs to be discussed

HOR 290311 View of The South Downs from Pulborough. photo by derek martin ENGSNL00120110329103340

HOR 290311 View of The South Downs from Pulborough. photo by derek martin ENGSNL00120110329103340

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Plans for the future of the South Downs are to be considered by the planning committee.

Members of the Planning Committee will consider the latest proposals for the creation of the Local Plan for the South Downs National Park on April 15.

This includes how we foster the local economy, protect our tranquil areas and dark night skies, encourage better design and deliver much needed homes in the National Park.

The Local Plan for the National Park will set out for the first time how the National Park Authority will manage development in order to meet its responsibilities to conserve and enhance the landscapes while serving the needs of our communities and the local economy.

Once approved by the government it will contain the policies by which all development proposals in the National Park will be judged.

Tim Slaney, director of planning for the South Downs National Park Authority, said, “National Parks aren’t suitable places for unrestricted growth, and the first priority is to conserve the landscape.

Our target is to keep at least 40 per cent of all new housing in the National Park affordable but our landscapes will always have the highest possible level of conservation and we will always put these landscapes first.

Tim Slaney

“But, with a vibrant local economy and house prices in the South Downs well above national and regional averages, we need to deliver housing to meet the needs of local people and keep our communities and rural economy thriving – now and in the future.

“This includes both affordable and market housing.”

He added, “Our target is to keep at least 40 per cent of all new housing in the National Park affordable but our landscapes will always have the highest possible level of conservation and we will always put these landscapes first.”

People will be able to have their say during a consultation on the Draft Local Plan for the National Park in autumn 2015.

A draft plan is expected to be published mid 2016.