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  • Dukes return to Steyning

    30 Oct 2014One of Britain's rarest butterflies has been handed a lifeline in Steyning, thanks to a conservation project between a local charity - The Steyning Downland Scheme (SDS), South Downs National Park Authority and the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

  • Brighton cyclists first to benefit from South Downs cycle fund

    24 Oct 2014One of the first off-road cycle routes in the country to benefit from a new cycling fund was officially opened in the South Downs National Park today. Stretching 2.5km along Ditchling Road from the centre of Brighton and out into the South Downs National Park the new path has been designed to be shared by cyclists and walkers.

  • Become an Indiana Jones of the South Downs

    22 Oct 2014The lost history hidden beneath the South Downs National Park’s ancient woodland is about to be unlocked by a crack-team of volunteer archaeologists and historians.

  • School’s South Downs mural goes on display at train station

    21 Oct 2014A mural painted by students from Chatsmore Catholic High School in Worthing to inspire people to visit the South Downs National Park by train was unveiled at West Worthing Station on Tuesday 21 October.

  • The National Park Authority’s achievements for 2013-14

    17 Oct 2014Reintroduced water voles, better woodland management, preparations for a National Park Local Plan, and promoting sustainable travel are just some examples of successful partnership projects highlighted in the South Downs National Park Authority’s (SDNPA) annual review for 2013-14.

  • How can planning make green spaces count?

    10 Oct 2014A report published today by the South Downs National Park Authority shows that people’s access to green spaces – so important for their health and wellbeing – varies considerably across Hampshire, West Sussex and East Sussex. The report coincides with recent calls from Natural England for the value of green places to be given greater consideration in the planning process.

  • South Downs Volunteers help quench thirst of 20,000 walkers, riders and cyclists

    02 Oct 2014More than 20,000 thirsty long distance walkers, parched cyclists and dehydrated riders a year – as well as their dogs and horses – will have reason to be grateful to the South Downs Volunteer Ranger Service (VRS) for fitting new drinking water taps and troughs along the South Downs Way in Hampshire.

  • SDNPA Planning Committee decide oil/gas application for Nine Acre Copse, Fernhurst

    11 Sep 2014The SDNPA Planning Committee today refused planning permission for Celtique Energie Weald Limited’s application for Nine Acre Copse, Fernhurst. The application was for the installation of a well and associated infrastructure, including access road and soil bunds, for the drilling of a vertical borehole for the exploration, testing and appraisal of hydrocarbons for a temporary period of three years.

  • Live from 10am 11th September 2014: Follow the SDNPA Planning Committee consideration of Nine Acre Copse

    10 Sep 2014

  • Officer recommendation on oil/gas application for Nine Acre Copse, Fernhurst

    03 Sep 2014Members of the South Downs National Park Authority’s Planning Committee are being recommended to refuse planning permission for exploratory drilling and appraisal for oil/gas in the National Park. The report, by SDNPA officers, having taken Leading Counsel advice, advises that the applicant has failed to demonstrate exceptional circumstances exist for such exploration and appraisal to take place within the protected landscape and that it is in the public interest to do so.

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