Park authority and council to work together

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EASTBOURNE Borough Council and the South Downs National Park Authority (SDNPA) will be working in partnership from April 1 providing planning services in the National Park.

The National Park Authority became a fully operational planning authority on April 1 and the South Downs National Park Authority will be responsible for all planning in the National Park.

This means that the National Park Authority will deal with about 4,000 planning applications a year, making it the eighth largest planning authority in the country.

Jefferson Collard, senior head of development & environment at Eastbourne Borough Council, said, “What this means is that each local planning authority will determine most of the planning applications submitted within the National Park, under the agency agreement, and provide all the planning administration for the South Downs National Park Authority.”

“However, the South Downs National Park Authority will determine the more potentially significant applications, and retain overall policy control.

“In practice it will mean that anyone wishing to make a small-scale planning application, and this is the type of application we usually receive on the downland, they would apply to their local council as normal.

“By working in partnership with the National Park Authority, we aim to provide a seamless and cost effective service.”