Shooting on the South Downs

What’s going on in your area behind the scenes!  Closing date for comments is Wednesday 24th Feb.

On the South Downs above the Ouse valley between Rodmell and Kingston and in Iford there have been many planning issues associated with game shooting and game bird breeding. The situation culminated recently with planning inspectors at two different ‘planning hearings’ giving permission for:

  1. An old farm building on the Downs to be used as a game shooting lodge and
  2. An area of a farm at Iford village being used for the intensive breeding of game birds.

shootBut the story is not yet over! Just recently the landowner associated with the shooting business has applied for a ‘lawful development certificate’ relating to a large area of the South Downs. See the map below. Effectively they are trying to establish that shooting has been going on in the area for over 10 years. In other words from approximately 2005 onwards.

The applicant has provided what they believe is sufficient evidence to prove that the Council must issue a lawful development certificate. Members of the public could support or oppose the application but not in the normal way. Anyone wishing to comment on the application would have to do so by providing a statement giving what they believe is their evidence of whether or not there has been shooting activity in the defined area. This application will not be dealt with like a normal planning application and it will not be sufficient to just simply say you are opposed or support the shooting activity for this or that reason. It will not be considered by a committee. The planning and legal officers of the Lewes District Council acting on behalf of the National Park will make the decision themselves. Members of the District Council can submit their own statement but they will not participate in the decision-making process.

If you would like to find out more about the application please follow the link below and enter the application number in the search box.

Application for a Lawful Development Certificate – shooting area on the South Downs

Visit: http://planningpublicaccess.southdowns.gov.uk/online-applications/

Then, enter in the search box: SDNP/15/06385/LDE   –   You will then be taken to the actual application page.  NB: Here is some advice from the Planning Department on how to support or oppose the awarding of the certificate:

Any representations should be e-mailed to planning.south@lewes.gov.uk, or to Rachel.richardson@lewes.gov.uk.

As discussed, any representations should concentrate on whether shooting has taken place on the land for 10 years before 11/12/15 (the date of the application), rather than objecting on grounds relating to the alleged impact of the use.

The area defined on the application is within the parish of Iford and borders Rodmell and Rottingdean parishes as well as Woodingdean & Saltdean (part of the city of Brighton and Hove). It encompasses the Kingston Escarpment & Iford Hill SSSI. It stretches from the C7 road to the borders of Rottingdean and encompasses a number of areas of Public Open Access land as well is public bridleways and the South Downs Way.

So far the council have notified: Kingston, Iford, Rodmell, Southease & Piddinghoe parish councils

Map – click for a larger image or see it on the planning web site:

Map Shooting

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