Housing numbers for South Downs

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THE number of homes which need to be built in a national park to meet housing needs has been revealed.

Over the next 18 years 4,400 new homes must be built in the South Downs park – with 1,800 affordable properties.

Of those, 700 will be in the Petersfield area with the rest in East and West Sussex.

The figures form the Local Plan, which sets the blueprint for development until 2032.

On April 15, a planning committee will consider the latest proposals.

Tim Slaney, director of planning for the authority, 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.

‘This includes both affordable and market housing.’