South Downs National Park investigates ‘unacceptable’ remarks

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AN INVESTIGATION is being carried out at the South Downs National Park Authority following alleged unacceptable remarks made during the Durand academy planning permission debate.

More than a year after the planning committee met in December 2013 and turned down the plan for new school buildings on the site of the former St Cuthman’s school at Stedham, Durand school governors have demanded a public apology.

Last month they lodged a formal complaint about the remarks made by Jennifer Gray, a member of the South Downs National Park Authority planning committee.

She claimed ‘urban children’ were not interested in the countryside.

A spokesman for the SDNPA said: “The standards assessment sub-committee has met to receive this complaint and has referred the matter for investigation.”