‘Closing statements’ to begin at 10am on Tuesday 7th March
The last stage of the 8-day Public Inquiry will take place on-line (rather than in-person in Midhurst).
This session will include the Closing Statements by the Barristers representing the South Downs National Park Authority and the opposing developers.
The National Park’s staff are arranging to webcast the session live via this YouTube link from 10am on Tuesday 7th March: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6qZju-HrYiQ
The link will also be publicised on the SDNPA website.
In April 2022 the National Park’s Planning Committee refused the planning application to develop a field near the Greenway Lane roundabout for up to 60 holiday lodges, spaces for shops and cafes, a re-charge centre for electric vehicles and internal roads with about 125 parking spaces (see here).
The developers appealed to the Government against this decision and a Public Inquiry by an Inspector appointed by the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities started on Tuesday 21st February.
The main participants have been the prospective developers, their advocates and expert witnesses and the National Park’s team of planning, landscape, design and dark skies specialists.
The Parish Council submitted evidence to the Inquiry (see pdf document at the foot of this web-page) and Councillors attended the Inquiry each day. Buriton residents and others opposed to the development have also attended the daily hearings in Midhurst.
In due course the Inspector will publish his decision as to whether the planning application should be granted or refused.