Nice one Dave B! South Downs National Park confirmed
tony at cultureshop.org.uk
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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