New South Downs National Park planning body meets

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A MAJOR new planning authority has held its first meeting.

The South Downs National Park planning committee met in Midhurst, West Sussex, to decide on three applications.

All the applications, including a new church hall in Liphook and floodlighting for a football pitch in Winchester, were refused.

The authority will deal with an estimated 4,000 planning applications a year, making it the eighth largest planning authority in the country.

It will deal with all planning applications within the National Park, including proposals in the Chichester and Petersfield areas.

Andrew Shaxson, chairman of the committee, said: ‘I am very pleased with the way the meeting went. The conservation interests were found to prevail.’