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.
The Park Forum is a sounding board for stakeholders of the National Park to communicate their ideas, issues and concerns to the SDNPA and each other
Sussex Pathwatch is a partnership of organisations which aims to combat motorised vehicles using public rights of way illegally and irresponsibly in the Sussex Countryside
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.
New Staff Structure
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
Rangers: Rob Nicholls, Graham West Assistant Ranger: Laura Dean
Planning Link Officer Roy Little
Rangers: Dan Cornell, Angela Ward Assistant Ranger: Alison Pitts
Planning Link Officer: Nat Belderson
Rangers: Simon Mockford, Ian McConnell, Assistant Ranger: Sam Buckland
Planning Link Officer: Nat Belderson
Rangers: Jan Knowlson, Mark Hayward, Fay Pattinson Assistant Rangers: Mathew Dowse, Tim Squire Apprentice Ranger: Vacant
Planning Link Officer: Roy Little
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 AinslieLandscape Officer Veronica CraddockDesign Officer Genevieve Hayes
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 VacantFunding co-ordinator Mark RoseCommunications Manager Ruth James
CLICK HERE to search the SDNPA Website for other contacts and information.
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