The National Park is owned by more than 500 different landowners and has been shaped by many generations of farming. The National Park Authority works in partnership with local people, land owners and managers, farmers, businesses, visitors, other Local Authorities and organisations to promote its statutory purposes and duty. The Authority also provides advice on building developments and make decisions on planning applications. Here are some links to Park related website pages that may be of interest to land managers.
Citizens Panel was set up in 2017 and consists of around 2000 residents who are surveyed about their opinions on issues in the South Downs
The Partnership Management Plan for the South Downs National Park is the most important strategic document for the Park, guiding numerous organisations as they influence its landscapes, people, wildlife and businesses over the next five years.
The SDNPA has recently undergone a restructure resulting in a more streamlined organisation, with fewer Directors and Senior Managers, but strengthens delivery by adding new assistant and apprentice ranger posts and new income generating capacity.
Countryside Policy and Management Directorate
Brings together the rangers and strategy leads into a Countryside Policy and Management Directorate which will deliver projects and programmes locally and across the whole National Park working with landowners, communities, charities and other partners. There are four delivery teams, each team has a park-wide role leading on one habitat type (water chalk woods or heaths) and another area of work (access education & volunteering, heritage or tourism and economy). A fifth team provides expertise on performance management, project evaluation and research.The following link shows the new directorate structure SDNPA Countryside Policy & Management Directorate Structure
Key Contacts CP&M Director- Andrew Lee
Farming Officer Bruce Fowkes
Cultural Heritage Lead Anooshka Rawden
Woodland Officer Bob Epsom
Sustainable Tourism Officer Kat Beer
Enterprise Development Lead Mark Alden
Rangers: Rob Nicholls, Chris Lickley, Jack Davidson
Assistant Rangers: Rebekah Smith, Rachael Johnson
Planning Link Officer
Rangers: Angela Ward, Charles Winchester, Katarina Dziubinska
Assistant Rangers: Michaela Pape, Abigail Gray
Planning Link Officer: Nat Belderson
Rangers: Simon Mockford, Chloe, Goddard
Assistant Rangers: Oliver Sea, Sophie Brown
Planning Link Officer: Nat Belderson
Rangers: Jan Knowlson, Mark Hayward, Tim Squire, Max Sheldon
Assistant Rangers: Grace Bowler, James Geyser
Planning Link Officer: Vacant
The following link provides a map of Ranger areas
Planning Directorate:The Planning Directorate delivers all aspects of the NPA's planning function, either in house or via agency arrangement with host authorities. It comprises three teams: Development Management, Planning Policy, Performance and Technical ManagementDevelopment Management: Delivers the planning service for all planning applications handled directly by the NPA (the recovered service areas including Minerals and waste cases and significant applications that are called in from the 'host' authorities)Planning Policy: Covers all aspects of policy formulation including the Local Plan, Minerals and Waste Strategies, Community led plans particularly Neighbourhood Plans.Performance and Technical Management: Handles major planning projects and provides specialist technical advice across the Planning Directorate and rest of the organisation. This team is also responsible for the relationship with the host authorities who deliver a local planning service in some parts of the Park.Key Contacts Planning Director: Tim SlaneyDevelopment Manager Robert AinslieMajor Planning Projects & Performance Manager Mike HughesDesign Officer Ben Terry
Corporate Strategy DirectorateThere are three team responsible for raising the profile of the National Park, generating income to support its many projects and partners and ensuring efficient management of the NPAKey Contacts CSD Chief Executive Trevor BeattieHead of Marketing and Income James WinkworthFunding co-ordinator Mark RoseCommunications Manager Ruth James
CLICK HERE to search the SDNPA Website for other contacts and information.
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