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Update on the Soft Sand Single Issue Review

The Soft Sand Review (SSR) will replace the soft sand policies in the West Sussex Joint Minerals Local Plan which the National Park Authority adopted in 2018.

The SSR, being worked on jointly by the SDNPA and West Sussex County Council, proposes three allocations for soft sand. The first, Ham Farm, is outside of the SDNP. The other two proposed allocations are extensions to sites with existing planning permission within the SDNP.

The site allocations are set in a policy framework that looks for soft sand resource outside of the SDNP in the first instances and seeks to avoid, minimise and mitigate any impacts that arise from development.

The Examination in Public is now under way and the Hearing Sessions are currently scheduled to take place from 24 August 2020.

Everyone who is able to take part in the Hearing Sessions will be contacted by the independent Programme Officer, on behalf of the Planning Inspector.

Discussions are taking place with the Planning Inspectorate to decide the best way to hold Hearing Sessions in the current circumstances. All the relevant information will be made available on the website: