Threat withdrawn to ancient road in South Downs National Park

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We are delighted that Mr Hugh Sandie of Pegs and Pitches Camping has withdrawn his planning application for a campsite and buildings near Coldwaltham, West Sussex, in the South Downs National Park.

Colebrook Lane

The society objected to the development arguing that it conflicted with the purposes of the national park and would have an adverse impact on people’s recreational enjoyment of the area and on its natural beauty.

In particular we drew attention to the threat to the adjoining Colebrook Lane, an unmade public road deeply-incised in the landscape, the character of which would have been destroyed by making it fit for frequent vehicular use.  We criticised West Sussex County Council, the highway authority, for failing to defend this route and for giving incorrect information in its submission.

Says Hugh Craddock, one of our case officers: ‘We are relieved that the applicant has seen sense and withdrawn this damaging and controversial application.  We hope that this peaceful part of the national park is now safe from adverse development, and that West Sussex County Council will ensure its highway officers are better informed about the management of its unsealed roads.’

Read more about the objection we submitted.

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