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Authority Meeting 21 May 2020

Authority Meeting 21 May 2020

Location: South Downs Centre Hall, Midhurst, GU29 9DH

Date and time: 21 May 2020 14:00

Contact Details:

Committee Officer

Tel: 01730 814810 Email: committee.officer@southdowns.gov.uk

Trevor Beattie

Chief Executive (National Park Officer)

The Openness of Local Government Bodies Regulations are in force, giving a right to members of the public to record (film, photograph and audio-record) and report on proceedings at committee meetings. Please read our protocol on Filming, Recording and Reporting of SDNPA Meetings Protocol for more information.

At the start of the meeting the Chair will make an announcement that the meeting may be filmed, recorded or photographed. Webcasting is undertaken in the public interest and in the exercise of our official authority, by entering the meeting room and using the public seating area you are consenting to being filmed, recorded and photographed. If you have any queries regarding this please contact committee.officer@southdowns.gov.uk


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  1. Apologies for Absence
  2. Declaration of Interests
    To enable Members to declare to the meeting any disclosable interest they may have in any matter on the agenda for the meeting.
  3. Minutes of Previous Meetings held on 19 December 2019 and 26 March 2020
    To approve as a correct record the minutes of the Authority meetings held on 19 December 2019 and 26 March 2020.
    Agenda Item 3
  4. Matters Arising
    To enable any matters arising from the 19 December 2019 and 26 March 2020 Authority Meeting minutes that are not covered elsewhere on this agenda to be raised.
  5. Urgent Matters
    To consider any matters which the Chair agrees should be considered as a matter of urgency to due special circumstances (if Members have any urgent matters they are asked to consult the Chair before the meeting commences).
  6. Public Participation
    The Chair will allow members of the public to ask questions, make statements or present a petition on any matter on the agenda for this meeting or on any matter that falls within the Authority’s powers, subject to procedures set out in Appendix 3 to the Authority’s Standing Orders.
  7. Need for Part II Exclusion of Press and Public
    The Authority is asked to consider whether, in respect of Agenda Item 13, the public, including the press, should be excluded from the meeting on the basis that it is likely, in view of the nature of the business to be transacted or the nature of the proceedings, that if a member of the public were present during the items there would be disclosure to them of exempt information within paragraph 3 of Part 1 of Schedule 12A to the Local Government Act 1972, being information relating to the financial and business affairs of a particular person including the Authority, and paragraph 5 information in respect of which a claim to legal professional privilege could be maintained in legal proceedings and that in all the circumstances of the case, the public interest in maintaining the exempt information outweighs the public interest in disclosing the information. This conclusion was reached on the basis that whilst there is a public interest in maintaining transparency of Authority proceedings in relation to the business of the Authority it is felt that on balance this is outweighed by the requirement of the National Park Authority to be able to undertake considerations in relation to its business and fully consider the implications of its actions or proposed actions without the disclosure of information that could undermine its position.
  8. Update from Authority Chair
    To receive a verbal update from the Authority Chair.
  9. Update from the Chief Executive
    To receive a verbal update from the Chief Executive
  10. Confirmation of Previous Decisions
    To consider a report from the Head of Governance and Support Services (Report NPA19/20-35).
    Agenda Item 10
  11. Governance Issues
    To consider a report from the Head of Governance and Support Services (Report NPA19/20-36).
    Agenda Item 11
  12. SDNPA Recovery Programme
    To consider a report from the Director of Countryside and Policy Management (Report NPA19/20-37).
    Agenda Item 12

The following items are included on the agenda for information only

  1. Planning Committee
    Minutes of the Planning Committee meetings held on the 16 January 2020, 13 February and 12 March 2020.
    Agenda Item 13
  2. Policy & Resources Committee
    Minutes of the Policy & Resources Committee meeting held on the 28 November 2019 and 27 February 2020.
    Agenda Item 14


The following item is for Members of the Authority only

  1. Establishment of a Company Limited by Shares
    To consider a report from the Head of Governance and Support Services (Report NPA19/20-38).

Members’ interests

SDNPA Members have a primary responsibility for ensuring that the Authority furthers the National Park Purposes and Duty. Members regard themselves first and foremost as Members of the Authority, and will act in the best interests of the National Park as a whole, rather than as representatives of their appointing body or any interest groups.

Members are required to declare any disclosable pecuniary interest that is not already entered in the Authority's register of interests, and any personal interest and/or public service interest (as defined in Paragraph 18 of the Authority's Code of Conduct) they may consider relevant to an item of business being considered at the meeting (such disclosure to be made at the commencement of the meeting, or when the interest becomes apparent).

Access to information

If you would like a copy of this agenda in large print or an alternative format/language please contact the Committee Officer on committee.officer@southdowns.gov.uk or 01730 814810.

Public participation

Anyone wishing to speak at the meeting should register their request, by emailing the following information to public.speaking@southdowns.gov.uk no later than 12 noon on the Monday before the meeting.

  • Name:
  • Address:
  • Phone Number:
  • Email:
  • Planning Application Number:
  • Details of Proposed Development:
  • Indicate if you are speaking in support or against the application:
  • Who are you representing?:
  • In the event that more than 3 people request to speak in favour or against an item it may be necessary for them to agree amongst themselves who should speak at the meeting. In order to facilitate this process we would ask you to confirm that you are happy with us sharing your name and e-mail address with other potential speakers. We will not share any other personal details with any other third parties.
  • YES / NO (delete as appropriate)

Confirmation that you have registered to speak will be send after 12 noon deadline. Further information on public speaking and registering as a speaker.

Please note that there is no catering provision for members of the public during meal breaks. However there are cafes, pubs and shops in Midhurst town centre, approximately 5 minutes’ walk away.


If you wish to give us feedback on your experience of the meeting please e-mail committee.officer@southdowns.gov.uk.

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