Listed building will provide hub for South Downs National Park

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PLANS have been submitted for a centre which will be a hub for activities in the South Downs National Park.

The park, which includes parts of Catherington, Petersfield and Chichester, needs a headquarters for people who work and volunteer in it.

The chosen site is parts of Capron House in Midhurst and it will incorporate and preserve two listed buildings.

Almost £3m has been set aside for the project.

Trevor Beattie, chief executive of the South Downs National Park Authority, said: ‘The South Downs Centre will be an amazing resource for local communities, both near to Midhurst and across the national park.

‘It will include space for a wide range of community groups and a centre where people can come for information about the national park.

‘The plans that we’ve submitted show how the buildings will look and be used, and how we will set new standards of sustainability and community enterprise in the national park.

‘We’re now developing more detailed plans for how the centre will work in practice and are looking forward to discussing this with local people.’

Initial planning permission was granted by Chichester District Council last year.

The plans will be on display at an informal open session for local residents, communities and other interested parties in the Memorial Hall at Capron House from 3.30pm to 7.30pm on August 22.