New director of South Downs National Park Authority is appointed

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ONE of the most important roles in the South Downs National Park has a new man to oversee it.

Tim Slaney has been appointed as the new director of planning at the National Park Authority.

The South Downs National Park Authority (SDNPA) will deal with an estimated 4,000 planning applications a year, making it the eighth largest planning authority in the country.

Margaret Paren, authority chairwoman, said: ‘Tim will play a key role in the development of future planning policy as well as overseeing the SDNPA’s development management and work enforcement.

‘We are all looking forward to working with him in the years ahead.’

One of Mr Slaney’s roles will be conserve and enhance the natural beauty of the area.