Plans for South Downs National Park visitor centre are put on hold

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PLANS for a visitor centre in the South Downs National Park have been put on hold.

An application had been submitted to the South Downs National Park Authority for a visitor centre opposite Nursted Farm at Buriton, near Petersfield. It was hoped the attraction could attract up to 10,000 visitors a year.

The plans included a visitor centre on two fields of 19 acres, including a 60-space car park, overflow parking, a mobile catering van and portable toilets.

Terena Plowright was proposing to keep breeds of sheep, ducks, turkeys and working horses.

Miss Plowright said she was deciding how best to move the project forward.

There had been widespread local concerns about the impact of the centre on traffic.

Miss Plowright helped to set up the natural burial site at East Meon Sustainability Centre. She hoped her latest venture would demonstrate how farming had influenced the South Downs landscape.