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We have responded to the initial consultation document published by the Environment Agency, and Chichester and Arun District Councils, for sectors between Pagham Harbour and East Head. This makes proposals for the management of the coastline in the face of climate change (which will unarguably bring a rise in sea-levels and greater extremes of weather), and the local allocation of resources within a national strategy. Three alternatives are given for each sector: No active intervention / Hold the line / Managed realignment.

CPRE Horsham District Group have objected to a planning application to increase the capacity of this site by 500,000tonnes by raising its height by 4 metres and extending its tipping period from 1st April 2008 to October 2010. The proposed increase in height amounts to landraising which is excluded from West Sussex waste policies. The proposal will lead to an unacceptable impact on nearby communities. The original planning permission stipulated that site restoration would follow completion and the finished ground surface levels were to merge into the surrounding area.Thus creating the appearance of a natural extension of the local landscape. The proposed increase in height does not comply with this objective and would create an alien landscape feature.

We await with interest the Inspectors' Report following the South East Plan Examination in Public (EiP) Hearings. We have highlighted our concerns in our submissions to the questions posed by the panel of experts who lead the EiP. It is anticipated the EiP will lead to final approval of the SE Plan in early 2008.

We are delighted that an application for mixed use development of a 7.5ha site within the strategic gap at Barnham (Arundel) has been opposed as a direct result of our opposition.

Mid Sussex District Council are currently digesting the 6,750 comments they received in response to the consultation of the East Grinstead Loca Area Action Plan. The current draft plan is to be revised and will be re-issued in the autumn.

 

After two Public Inquiries and a High Court Appeal, WSCC rejected an application by The Trail Riders Fellowship for the status of a section of the South Downs Way (Byeway 952) between Cocking, Heyshott and Graffham to be changed from a Restricted Byeway to a BOAT (Byeway Open to All Traffic).

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