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How the South Downs National Park Authority is operating

How the South Downs National Park Authority is operating

South Downs Centre

The South Downs Visitor Centre is now open.

Hours will be Monday – Friday, 9am to 4pm. We ask all visitors to please wear a face mask. The number of people in the South Downs Centre at any one time will be limited to ensure social distancing.

You can contact our team by email or, alternatively, call 01730 814810 

Contacting staff

If you wish to contact the Authority please call 01730814810 and leave a message. We will get back to you as soon as possible.

You can also email

If you know the direct number of the person you wish to speak to, please dial this directly as it will be diverted to them.

Thank you for your understanding during these challenging times.

Planning applications

At the moment new planning applications are being registered.

Further information as to how Planning Committee is operating can be found here

Ranger operations

Ranger operations are continuing.

They have put together a short video chronicling what they’ve been up to over the past few weeks.


Following the most recent Government advice and the Coronavirus Act 2020, the SDNPA will now be holding Authority and Committee meetings (including Planning Committee) virtually until further notice.  All meeting agendas and papers will be available on the website 5 working days before the meeting.

The Authority’s Standing Orders contain a scheme of Delegation and Urgency Powers that allows the Chief Executive and other Senior Officers to make delegated and urgent decisions, including that of Planning decisions where there is delegated responsibility to do so (any decisions made are available to view here). Any urgent decisions will be taken following consultation with the Chair of the Authority and other Members as appropriate.

Planning applications will continue to be processed in line with our usual procedures and the public will still have the opportunity to comment on planning applications in the usual way.

At this time we would encourage use of the Public Access Pages and emails rather than letters for obvious reasons.

We would similarly encourage the submission of new planning applications via the Planning Portal or by email rather than paper based submissions.

For any other enquires regarding the Committee and Authority meetings please email


All volunteering conducted by the SDNPA will cease until further notice. We hope to welcome our volunteers back once restrictions have been lifted.


" The Downs...too much for one pair of eyes, enough to float a whole population in happiness. "