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LOW-flying planes could have a significant impact on the South Downs, it has been warned.

The South Downs National Park Authority has voiced concerns over plans to change the flight path of planes flying in and out of Farnborough Airport.

It is feared the changes could affect the East Hampshire area in particular, including noise and disturbance on wildlife.

The authority has stated that it ‘cannot support these proposals which will ultimately result in more aircraft flying at lower altitudes over sensitive areas, impacting on National Park purposes and special qualities including tranquillity and amenity’.

Margaret Paren, chairwoman of the authority, said: ‘We’re very disappointed that the Civil Aviation Authority has failed to consult us directly about these plans which threaten the tranquillity, wildlife and recreational value for which the National Park’s landscapes were given special protected status.

‘We’re urging the CAA to reconsider these changes.’