Should the South Downs have a National Park?

For over 60 years, there has been a proposal to make part of the South Downs a National Park, similar to Dartmoor or the Lake District. As the plans come together, there is an argument over which areas should be included, with a more recent decision to reduce the size of the proposed park being challenged by pressure groups in favour of a larger park. Read more about it here:

Some campaigners argue that the proposed park leaves out important and fragile areas, which should be included and say that their views are being ignored:

The creation of a South Downs National Park was finally confirmed on 31st March 2009:


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