PLANS which are designed to shape the future of the young South Downs National Park for the next 15 years have been unveiled.
And now both those who live in the national park or who are interested in the development of the landscape over the next decade or so will get the chance to voice their views.
They will be given the first chance to see and comment on plans to address the major planning issues when the national park authority (NPA) begins consulting on options for its Local Plan this week.
At the same time, people will be able to comment on suggested levels of contribution that developers should pay in the form of community infrastructure levy (CIL) to meet needs for new infrastructure caused by their developments.
This will be the first CIL to be considered for any national park in the country.
The two documents – the Local Plan Options Consultation Document and the Preliminary Draft Community Infrastructure Levy Charging Schedule – will be key to determining the future of development in the South Downs National Park.
They mark the first time the NPA will set out its own approach to planning for the South Downs National Park since the authority was born four years ago on April 1, 2010.
Trevor Beattie, chief executive officer for the NPA, said: “This is an important milestone for the South Downs National Park.
“When the Local Plan is adopted in 2017, we will have a dedicated planning strategy that safeguards the future of our precious landscapes which have rightly been recognised for their national importance.
“With a population of more than 112,000 people, I am confident that many residents, businesses and visitors will be interested in helping to secure the future of the national park.”
When it is adopted, the National Park Local Plan will replace the planning policies of the individual districts across the area which were developed before the designation of the new South Downs National Park and those joint plans created since in partnership between the NPA and neighbouring authorities.
People will have the chance to voice their views on both the Local Plan Options and Preliminary Draft CIL Charging Schedule until April 30, 2014.
They are available to view at national park website