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A report out today names a mass housing development in Sussex as the largest in the country to be approved in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).

Thursday, 09 November 2017 18:28

Chichester, Winter 2017 Report

Chichester District has seen a number of issues relating to housing and infrastructure over the past year.

Thursday, 09 November 2017 18:10

Arun, Winter 2017 Report

CPRE Sussex attended and spoke at the Examination in Public (EiP) of the new Arun Local Plan in September 2017. We expressed concerns about the lack of consultation, the level of housing proposed and the impact this would have on the local environment and the lack of a coherent strategy for ensuring that infrastructure is put in place at the right time to accommodate this development.

Thursday, 09 November 2017 18:07

Wealden, Winter 2017 Report

The year 2016 closed with housing developers taking full advantage of Wealden District Council’s perceived lack of 5 year housing land supply. Virtually weekly during 2016, green fields (including within High Weald AONB) were being lost to speculative housing developer applications. CPRE and SWOT (Save Wealden from Overdevelopment Team) were kept busy trying to fend off these applications with robust objections and by attending the Council’s Planning Meetings. However, the Planning Meeting Councillors were often instructed not to object to an application by a developer in case the refusal of the application put the Council into ‘Cost Territory’ should a developer appeal be then forthcoming.

CPRE Sussex is making a formal objection to the ‘mathematical trickery’ behind a new government paper which argues that the majority of new house building should be concentrated in the South-East of England.

Last week (16 Oct 2017) nine national transport and conservation organisations including CPRE, with a combined supporter base of over three million, wrote a joint letter to the Secretary of State for Transport, the Rt Hon Chris Grayling MP, about the devastating impact of the A27 Arundel bypass proposals.

Tuesday, 24 October 2017 09:45

A27 Arundel Bypass – CPRE Sussex response

We submitted our response to the Arundel Bypass consultation, outlining our concerns that the options presented, particularly options 3 and 5a, would damage the existing character of the surrounding landscape, including the South Downs National Park and its special qualities, mature woodland (most of which is ancient semi-natural woodland), the Arun floodplain, tranquillity and dark night skies, which are highly valued and irreplaceable. The iconic view of Arundel and Arundel Castle would be heavily impacted. This some of the best Sussex has to offer in terms of beauty and heritage – our national treasures.

CPRE Sussex has raised concerns about a proposed tyre recycling centre in Warnham. Dr Roger Smith, representing CPRE Sussex, submitted a formal response which highlighted omissions in the application in relation to compliance with the West Sussex Waste Local Plan, and Horsham DC’s planning policies, air quality, vehicle movements and disturbance, noise, lighting, impact on wildlife and protected species and the landscape impacts. The application is due to be  decided by West Sussex County Council in December.

Inspiring, ingenious and innovative projects have been celebrated at the Sussex Countryside Awards 2017. Organised by the Sussex branch of the Campaign to Protect Rural England, the awards were held at Petworth House on Wednesday, October 11.
 
They saw countryside heroes from across the county celebrated with everything from chocolatiers and brewers to farmers and developers winning on the night.

Tuesday, 03 October 2017 12:22

Update on the Arun Local Plan 2017

CPRE Sussex attended and spoke at the Examination in Public (EiP) of the new Arun Local Plan in September 2017. We expressed concerns about the lack of consultation, the level of housing proposed and the impact this would have on the local environment and the lack of a coherent strategy for ensuring that infrastructure is put in place at the right time to accommodate this development.

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