Nice one Dave B! South Downs National Park confirmed

Tony Gosling tony at
Thu Nov 12 21:05:04 GMT 2009

South Downs National Park confirmed
A new National Park in the South Downs has been 
officially confirmed more than 60 years after the 
area was first earmarked for protected status.
Environment Secretary Hilary Benn signed the 
order to create the 632 square mile National Park 
stretching from Beachy Head in East Sussex to the 
edge of Winchester in Hampshire.
Consent for protected status was granted in 
March, bringing welcome approval from countryside 
and environmental groups who said the area was 
the "green lung" of the South East.
It marks the end of a long road for the 
campaigners who have been pressing for years for 
the Downs to be made England's ninth National Park.
The original park boundaries drawn up in 2002 
were contested, leading to legal wrangling and a 
protracted public inquiry whose costs may have run into millions.
The new National Park will include the Alice Holt 
site in east Hampshire as well as Green Ridge in 
Brighton, the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) said.
During a visit to Ditchling and a decade after 
the Government originally announced plans to 
protect the area's rolling chalk downlands, river 
valleys and wooded greens, Mr Benn signed the 
order at the end of the 60th anniversary year of National Parks.
He said: "The unique chalk downlands and heavy 
weald clay landscapes which make up this 
wonderful countryside will now be protected for everyone to enjoy.
"National Park status will attract new visitors 
to the South Downs and bring investment into the local area."
The granting of National Park status has faced 
criticism from the Tories who have said the 
transfer of planning decisions from local 
councils to a new National Park Authority (NPA) 
was a step in the wrong direction.

Benn confirms national park boundary

12 November 2009 - NFU News
Defra Secretary of State Hilary Benn has 
confirmed the boundary of the South Downs 
National Park during an event at Ditchling in Sussex.
The South Downs National Park will now include 
the Forestry Commission's Alice Holt site;
land owned by Brighton and Hove Council at Green 
Ridge; the A27 embankments; land at Plumpton; 
Roedean Crescent, Patcham Recreation Ground, 
Castle Goring, Gote farm and the boundary at 
Offham. The Park will come into being on 31 March 2010.
The map on Defra's website 
shows the area that comprises the National Park. 
And a more detailed map can be found on the 
Natural England website 
The NFU in the South East had opposed the 
formation of a National Park.............

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