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Planning inspector dismisses appeal for Causeway Farm

February 3rd, 2015

The SDNPA Planning Committee’s decision to refuse permission for erection of up to 230 dwellings at Causeway Farm, Petersfield has been upheld by the Planning Inspector. Rob Ainslie, Development Manager for the South Downs National Park Authority, said: “Its great news that the Inspector has agreed with our decision to refuse this application at Causeway […]

Work continues on Meon Valley Trail

February 3rd, 2015

New work started on the Meon Valley Trail on in February 2015 as part of ongoing plans to improve it for walkers, cyclists and equestrians. The trail, which runs along  bridleways from Wickham to West Meon, takes in the secret place where Winston Churchill, Dwight Eisenhower and Charles de Gaulle met on a train to finalise […]

Government announcement on shale gas extraction – ‘fracking’ – in national parks

January 27th, 2015

On 26 January 2015 Energy Minister Amber Rudd announced during a House of Commons Debate that the Government would remove the provision that shale gas exploration would be allowed in national parks in “exceptional circumstances”. Instead, she announced, there will be an outright ban “on fracking in national parks, sites of special scientific interest and […]

Key plan for South Downs future – first evidence published

January 21st, 2015

New evidence that will support  the Local Plan for the National Park is being published online this week with more to follow over the next few months. The Local Plan  will set out for the first time how the National Park Authority will manage development in order to meet its responsibilities to conserve the landscapes […]

Tourism providers become landscape ambassadors

January 20th, 2015

A new initiative aimed at encouraging tourism providers across the South Downs National Park and eight other protected landscapes to become ‘landscape ambassadors’ launches today. Developed as part of Our Land – a sustainable tourism initiative celebrating the UK’s Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and National Parks – this new fun training scheme is […]

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