Further to the article in the February newsletter I am writing with an update on the current position.
At the end of January the South Downs National Park Authority (NPA) announced that, at the request of the planning inspector who in late 2018 carried out the public examination into the new draft local plan, it planned to carry out further public consultation on modifications it had made to the plan since it was originally published.
The further consultations commenced from 1 February and ended on 28 March.
The main modification in respect of the land on Church Road next to the village hall suggested that any development proposals should provide approximately 20% of the total area as informal public open space.
The joint owners of the land, Steep in Need Charity and the Village Hall trustees, have written to the NPA to confirm their support for this
We now await the inspector’s report which is due for publication during the summer and once it is received we will be able to discuss the options for this land in more detail.
Geoffrey Dale, Steep in Need Trustees ([email protected]).