South Downs National Park Authority will make the big decisions for Petersfield

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ANY new bids to build hundreds of homes on four green spaces in Petersfield will be decided by the South Downs National Park Authority, it has been revealed.

It has been confirmed that the authority’s planning committee, which came into being in April, will be responsible for deciding all big housing applications in the Petersfield area.

As reported in The News, East Hampshire District Council refused three controversial applications for large developments at Causeway Farm, land south east of the Causeway, and Penns Field.

An application for a fourth site at Larcombe Road is expected soon.

Margaret Paren, authority chairwoman, said: ‘The very large housing planning applications, like that for The Causeway in Petersfield, will come to the National Park Authority for decision because they have wider implications for the whole of the park.’

It comes as the authority is drawing up a new blueprint for the development of the town over the coming decades. For more information visit david