New Monks Farm – roundabout update
There’s a new development on this planning application.
In February, the Landscape Officer for the South Downs National Park placed a holding objection on the application. This objection covers many aspects to do with compliance with the National Park’s planning policies for roads, landscaping and other environmental concerns like tree planting and drainage.
The officer comments that this link road has been designed as a road which is relevant to urban development and fails to take into account the requirements of creating a road which reflects the quality of the landscape as required. Their policy SD21 has been ignored.
A key comment is that NMUs (cyclists, pedestrian, equestrians) have not given the priority needed. The road should be designed first for NMUs, second for vehicles.
CPRE has to ask is this a case of ‘back to the drawing board’?