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The Society presses case for rail infrastructure

In response to a recent consultation by Network Rail on its Sussex Area Route Study, the Society submitted the following comments: “These are the comments of the South Downs Society, the national park society for the South Downs National Park. […]

An improved A27? Grounds for concern and caution.

National park “Friends” group, the South Downs Society, today expressed a mix of concern and caution over government’s controversial plans to invest in major expenditure on the A27 trunk road in Sussex. Said Society chairman, Robert Cheesman, “Our focus is […]

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 […]