PEOPLE are encouraged to propose land in the South Downs for potential development.
The South Downs National Park Authority (SDNPA) launched its call for sites for a variety of developments last week.
These include residential, retirement homes, office space, areas for renewable energy, areas for travelers and special areas for biodiversity.
The agency is also asking people to propose “local green spaces” that communities believe need to be protected from future developments.
Lucy Howard, Planning Policy Manager for SDNPA said: “We are launching our call for sites as part of the local plan review that the Government requires of us every five years.
“It’s important to say that it’s not just about housing. We ask people to suggest sites for a variety of uses. Just because a site is suggested doesn’t mean it’s awarded, and of course, scenery will always be our top priority in our review.
“This call for sites is an important aspect of the local plan review, which is a detailed planning process that is likely to take up to three years.
“It is crucial that we keep the local plan up to date, otherwise the national park would be more vulnerable to speculative developments that were not properly consulted.
“This will be more of a review than a brand new plan and we will maintain our award-winning landscape-centric approach.”
The local map is legally obliged to be updated.
The call runs until September 28th.
The authority then examines the suitability of all submitted areas for possible development.
Lucy added, “We are working very closely with community and city councils across the national park, as well as other key partners, to identify new development sites to meet local needs without impacting the national park’s landscape.”
The local plan review will go through two rounds of public consultations before being reviewed by the Government Planning Inspectorate. The document on future development in the national park should be completed by 2025.
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