Historic day for South Downs National Park

HORSHAM District Council and South Downs National Park Authority (SDNPA) will be working in partnership from tomorrow (April 1) providing planning services in the National Park.

The National Park Authority becomes a fully operational planning authority on April 1 and from this date the South Downs National Park Authority will be responsible for all planning in the National Park.

This means that the National Park Authority will deal with about 4,000 planning applications a year, making it the eighth largest planning authority in the country.

In the spirit of real partnership working, the National Park Authority invited all 15 local authorities within the National Park to provide many of the day to day planning services on its behalf.

Horsham District Council and the other 14 local authorities agreed during the summer of 2010 to a binding legal agreement which was signed and completed in November 2010 committing all of the local authorities to work with the SDNPA towards delivering the planning service in this way for the first year. More detailed agreements are expected to be signed soon extending these arrangements for up to two more years.

For the full story and reaction from the community buy a copy of this week’s County Times (South Downs edition).