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NEWS FEED: Planning Newsletter

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 […]

Meet our new Apprentice Planner

January 22nd, 2018

Sergio Chapman-Salas, the National Park Authority’s first ever Apprentice Planner, started work with us in September 2017. We asked him to tell us about why he decided to become a planner and whether reality is living up to expectation. “I enjoyed geography at school and the idea of living more sustainably. Planning fits both of […]

Local Plan Consultation – January 2018 update

January 22nd, 2018

Thank you to everyone who responded to the consultation on the South Downs Local Plan: Pre-Submission that took place between September and November 2017. More than 500 individuals and organisations took part and we are now reviewing all the comments. Consultation responders ranged from members of the public, parish councils, developers and organisations, to utility […]

Planning for Dark Night Skies

January 22nd, 2018

In 2016 the South Downs National Park became an International Dark Sky Reserve (IDSR). With properly dark skies in the South East of England under threat, this is a statement that our skies are worth protecting. The South Downs Local Plan sets out to do just that. This February we’ll be celebrating our International Dark […]

Appeals – 1 April to 31 August 2017

September 22nd, 2017

It’s important to understand how Planning Inspectors are interpreting the National Planning Policy Framework as well as the variety of Local Plans which remain in place until the South Downs Local Plan is adopted. By monitoring appeal decisions we are able to identify patterns and trends that can be used inform future how future applications […]

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