THE FIRST housing figures for the South Downs National Park have been revealed.
The national park authority is proposing 1,800 affordable houses across the park in an overall total of 4,400 homes to be built, including those which have already been granted planning permissions.
Of these, 150 will be built in Midhurst and 150 in Petworth over the next 18 years.
The figures are based on what the national park calls a ‘landscape-led approach’.
Tim Slaney director of planning for the SDNPA said: “National parks aren’t suitable places for unrestricted growth, and the first priority is to conserve the landscape.
“But, with a vibrant local economy and house prices in the South Downs well above national and regional averages, we need to deliver housing to meet the needs of local people and keep our communities and rural economy thriving – now and in the future.”
He said the plan would give people ‘certainty’ about the future of their towns and villages until 2032.