South Downs to become England's ninth National Park

NATIONAL PARK: The South Downs

NATIONAL PARK: The South Downs

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The South Downs has been given the go-ahead to become England's ninth National Park.

The new 627 square mile protected area will be home to an estimated 120,000 people, stretching from Beachy Head to the edge of Winchester in Hampshire, in line with an independent inspector's recommendations following a 19-month public inquiry.

A new South Downs National Park Authority is expected to be established by April 2010 and become fully operational a year later.

Click here for our archive of news about the fight to make the Downs a national park.

Environment Secretary Hilary Benn said: "Having considered the inspector's report and recommendations carefully, and agreed that the statutory criteria are met, I have decided that the South Downs including the so-called Western Weald should be confirmed as a National Park.

"It is fitting that in this year, the 60th anniversary of the radical legislation that gave birth to National Parks, we are celebrating an addition to the family.

"National Park status can be a real boost for the local economy, attracting new visitors, businesses and investment, but above all, the South Downs' wonderful countryside will be protected forever for the enjoyment of everyone."

For more information and a map of the proposed boundary of the South Downs National Park go to www.defra.gov.uk/wildlife-countryside/protected-areas/national-parks/south-downs/index.htm.

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12:20pm Tue 31 Mar 09

Lil says...

Fantastic news. Very pleased to see this beautiful part of the world will be afforded greater protection. Shame it didn't stop things like Twyford Down and the M3 debacle happening...
Fantastic news. Very pleased to see this beautiful part of the world will be afforded greater protection. Shame it didn't stop things like Twyford Down and the M3 debacle happening... Lil
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1:16pm Tue 31 Mar 09

Nancy Platts says...

This is fantastic news for everyone, but especially for all those who have campaigned so hard and for so long to protect the South Downs for future
generations to enjoy. Chris Todd has led a superb campaign and Brighton Pavilion Labour Party enthusiasically supported it by distributing
thousands of postcards to shops, cafes and people's homes. Nancy Platts Labour parliamentary candidate for Brighton Pavilion
This is fantastic news for everyone, but especially for all those who have campaigned so hard and for so long to protect the South Downs for future generations to enjoy. Chris Todd has led a superb campaign and Brighton Pavilion Labour Party enthusiasically supported it by distributing thousands of postcards to shops, cafes and people's homes. Nancy Platts Labour parliamentary candidate for Brighton Pavilion Nancy Platts
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1:51pm Tue 31 Mar 09

Alison Smith says...

Pity it doesn't include the whole stretch of the cliffs from the Seven Sisters to Medeira Drive Brighton. Why not include Saldean, Rottingdean, Roedean & the Marina ?
Pity it doesn't include the whole stretch of the cliffs from the Seven Sisters to Medeira Drive Brighton. Why not include Saldean, Rottingdean, Roedean & the Marina ? Alison Smith
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2:00pm Tue 31 Mar 09

notaconspiracy says...

Fantastic! At last this beautiful land is recognised as such and protected for us all!
Fantastic! At last this beautiful land is recognised as such and protected for us all! notaconspiracy
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2:45pm Tue 31 Mar 09

Mart says...

Alison Smith wrote:
Pity it doesn't include the whole stretch of the cliffs from the Seven Sisters to Medeira Drive Brighton. Why not include Saldean, Rottingdean, Roedean & the Marina ?
Saltdean, Rottingdean and Roedean are sort of included, as the new National Park Boundry will begin where the built up areas in those districts currently end.
[quote][p][bold]Alison Smith[/bold] wrote: Pity it doesn't include the whole stretch of the cliffs from the Seven Sisters to Medeira Drive Brighton. Why not include Saldean, Rottingdean, Roedean & the Marina ?[/p][/quote]Saltdean, Rottingdean and Roedean are sort of included, as the new National Park Boundry will begin where the built up areas in those districts currently end. Mart
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3:30pm Tue 31 Mar 09

Human Machine says...

Brilliant news! I must christen my new hiking boots soon...
Brilliant news! I must christen my new hiking boots soon... Human Machine
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4:31pm Tue 31 Mar 09

mackeson says...

Now where can the new east-west road go. Everybody knows it is needed to ease the problems on our current road system.
Now where can the new east-west road go. Everybody knows it is needed to ease the problems on our current road system. mackeson
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5:42pm Tue 31 Mar 09

Scoomer says...

"Everybody knows"? That's a bit of a sweeping statement from someone so many miles away. Do we really need a completely new road, as opposed to just an upgraded A27?
"Everybody knows"? That's a bit of a sweeping statement from someone so many miles away. Do we really need a completely new road, as opposed to just an upgraded A27? Scoomer
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7:07pm Tue 31 Mar 09

quedula says...

How about Patcham Place for the Park Authority's HQ. with Visitor Centre and Exhibition space?
How about Patcham Place for the Park Authority's HQ. with Visitor Centre and Exhibition space? quedula
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8:19pm Tue 31 Mar 09

pigletstrotters says...

Great news (regardless of sour grapes from petrol-head knuckle-scrapers in South Africa!!!) May I suggest that one of the first challenges that the new National Park Authority will have is to stop The Great Wood at Stanmer being used as one of the biggest unofficial open-air refuse tips in England. The last two times I went there, I thought the state of the area brought shame on the so-called City of Brighton & Hove.
Great news (regardless of sour grapes from petrol-head knuckle-scrapers in South Africa!!!) May I suggest that one of the first challenges that the new National Park Authority will have is to stop The Great Wood at Stanmer being used as one of the biggest unofficial open-air refuse tips in England. The last two times I went there, I thought the state of the area brought shame on the so-called City of Brighton & Hove. pigletstrotters
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8:33pm Tue 31 Mar 09

S.T. Rewth says...

Nancy Platts wrote:
This is fantastic news for everyone, but especially for all those who have campaigned so hard and for so long to protect the South Downs for future generations to enjoy. Chris Todd has led a superb campaign and Brighton Pavilion Labour Party enthusiasically supported it by distributing thousands of postcards to shops, cafes and people's homes. Nancy Platts Labour parliamentary candidate for Brighton Pavilion
Glory grabbing here are we not? Concentrate on getting your own prospective ward protected for all from drunks and druggies!
[quote][p][bold]Nancy Platts[/bold] wrote: This is fantastic news for everyone, but especially for all those who have campaigned so hard and for so long to protect the South Downs for future generations to enjoy. Chris Todd has led a superb campaign and Brighton Pavilion Labour Party enthusiasically supported it by distributing thousands of postcards to shops, cafes and people's homes. Nancy Platts Labour parliamentary candidate for Brighton Pavilion[/p][/quote]Glory grabbing here are we not? Concentrate on getting your own prospective ward protected for all from drunks and druggies! S.T. Rewth
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12:15am Wed 1 Apr 09

IKDRF says...

being an avid walker and spending so much time out there this has elated me.i hope they can do the same for the high weald
being an avid walker and spending so much time out there this has elated me.i hope they can do the same for the high weald IKDRF
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8:13am Thu 2 Apr 09

Tye says...

Platt the Pratt
Remember this when you vote!

It also means any new roads/update of the A27 will mean destruction of property in towns along the south coast as no roads will be built on the protected bit of green
Grass before people eh?
Platt the Pratt Remember this when you vote! It also means any new roads/update of the A27 will mean destruction of property in towns along the south coast as no roads will be built on the protected bit of green Grass before people eh? Tye
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