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Fernhurst to stay Frack Free

At its meeting on 11 September the National Park’s Planning Committee rejected a planning application from Celtique Energie for exploratory drilling for “hydrocarbons” (or, oil and gas) at a site in the park near Fernhurst, West Sussex.  This application had […]

National park friends group calls for action on eyesore

The West Sussex Gazette has just published the following from the Society on its letters page   It’s hard to miss and even harder to resolve, but can we talk turkey about the old Shoreham cement works? As the national […]

National parks to be spared unfettered barn conversions

Last month we posted a news item about the government’s proposal to allow disused farm buildings to be converted to dwellings — or even demolished and replaced with new houses — without the need for planning permission. The Society has […]

A Revamp for English Heritage

The government has been consulting on a possible shake-up for its building conservation watchdog, English Heritage, including the creation of a charitable arm to manage its property portfolio. The Society’s submitted response is below.   English Heritage New Model: Consultation: […]

The Society welcomes removal of overhead power line at Cocking

Southern Electric Power Distribution has taken down unsightly overhead power lines which marred the appearance of the otherwise picturesque downland village of Cocking, particularly views of the 11th century church. This scheme had been put forward by the Society and […]

Unrestricted barn conversions: a threat to the national park

The South Downs Society has acted in concert with the other national park societies across the country in urging government to exclude the parks from a possible change in planning law that would allow old farm buildings to become new […]