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NEWS FEED: National Park Authority

New grant scheme to increase affordable housing stock

July 17th, 2018

The National Park Authority is launching a new grant scheme, using money paid by developers, to deliver more affordable housing in the South Downs. Grants of between £10,000 and £30,000 are now available for affordable dwellings constructed on rural exceptions sites (sites that would not be granted planning permission for open market housing) or for […]

Permission for new path linking Coombes Road, Lancing

July 13th, 2018

The SDNPA planning committee has approved permission, subject to Section 106 Agreement being completed, for a short section of path for non-motorised users in the National Park linking Coombes Road, Lancing, with an existing right of way along the River Adur (ref SDNP/18/00434/FUL). This application to the National Park Authority does not include the Sussex Pad […]

Community Heroes: Meon Valley Archaeological Heritage Group

July 5th, 2018

You could travel along the A32 at Exton a hundred times and still have no idea that you’d passed through the centre of an archaeological treasure but, thanks to the Meon Valley Archaeological Heritage Group, we now know a lot more about life here 2,000 years ago. The remains of a hall found on one […]

How to make a meadow

July 5th, 2018

Four years ago, South Downs Way ranger Ben Bessant and National Park ranger Jan Knowlson set themselves the challenge of turning a large patch of nettles into a wildflower meadow. For National Meadows Day, on 7 July, Jan tells us about their work. Words by Jan Knowlson We have lost 97 per cent of our […]

What we achieved in 2017-18

July 5th, 2018

Submitting the first South Downs Local Plan and launching a new charitable trust for the National Park are just two achievements highlighted in the National Park Authority’s Annual Review 2017–18. Over the course of the year 147 chalk grassland, woodland, heathland and river sites were maintained and enhanced; 5,221 volunteer days were given; and 89 […]

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