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  • 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.

  • Stone-Age log boats take maiden voyage in Petersfield at free family event

    26 Aug 2014Two Stone Age log boats will be tested for the first time on Petersfield Heath Pond on Saturday 30 August as part of a free weekend of family fun celebrating heathlands in the South Downs National Park.

  • Application for Nine Acre Copse (Fernhurst) SDNP/13/05896/CM

    22 Aug 2014The South Downs National Park Authority’s Planning Committee will make a decision on Celtique Energie’s application for conventional oil and gas exploration at Nine Acre Copse in Fernhurst, at their meeting on 11 September 2014.

  • Snap up great prizes in South Downs photo competition

    08 Aug 2014Top prizes are on offer for photographers prepared to give away their favourite South Downs secrets in the National Park’s ‘Hidden Gems’ photo competition this summer. A bounty of £250 is available as first prize for the best picture capturing a favourite place off the beaten track.

  • Lest we forget

    01 Aug 2014This August, the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I, we are joining with communities across the National Park to remember the lives of people from the South Downs who lost their lives.

  • World Ranger Day

    31 Jul 2014To mark World Ranger Day we asked some of our rangers to talk about their favourite projects.

  • South Downs Summer Bucket List

    30 Jul 2014Schools out and so is the sun! The South Downs have a lot to offer at any time of year but some activities best or only enjoyed during the summer.

  • Community celebrates new South Downs Centre

    29 Jul 2014More than 500 people visited the new South Downs Centre in Midhurst on Sunday 27 July for a special community open day to celebrate the new facility and mark the start of National Parks Week. Many were former students and staff who had studied or taught in the building when it was a school.

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