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The Nature of Change: Andrew Lee


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Policy Implications for the South Downs National Park
Andrew Lee, Director of Strategy and Partnership, South Downs National Park Authority

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The Nature of Change: Andrew Lee

  1. 1. Policy implications for the South Downs National Park Nature of Change Conference Andrew Lee, Director of Strategy & Partnerships
  2. 2. <ul><li>Britain’s newest National Park </li></ul><ul><li>SDNPA went live on 1st April </li></ul><ul><li>27 members, c80 staff </li></ul><ul><li>Third largest area, and 108,000 residents </li></ul><ul><li>Eighth largest Planning Authority in UK </li></ul><ul><li>Builds on Joint Committee but wider remit, fresh mandate and approach. </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>Agenda now a world away from 1985…. </li></ul><ul><li>Debate then just moving from species to sites to processes </li></ul><ul><li>Vision for the Wildlife of Sussex: a trailblazer! </li></ul><ul><li>Massive improvements in handling of data and evidence </li></ul><ul><li>Landscape scale and ecosystem services now part of mainstream agenda, but… </li></ul><ul><li>Huge challenge to implement in time of cuts and public sector reform </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>Policy landscape (and landscape policy…!) </li></ul><ul><li>Some huge and welcome changes eg: </li></ul><ul><li>National Ecosystem Assessment, Lawton Review </li></ul><ul><li>Govt response in NEWP, Biodiversity Strategy </li></ul><ul><li>Uncertainty in other areas eg: </li></ul><ul><li>National Planning Policy Framework </li></ul><ul><li>EU budget and Pillar II of the CAP </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>Other issues </li></ul><ul><li>Localism Bill and Neighbourhood Planning </li></ul><ul><li>Managing the stretch – avoid environmental movement being too far ahead of public opinion and politicians being too far behind </li></ul><ul><li>Good that Ministers making links between biodiversity and wellbeing </li></ul>
  6. 6. ? Ecological Networks Localism Bill Neighbourhood Planning National Environment White Paper Biodiversity Strategy National Planning Policy Framework
  7. 7. <ul><li>National Park – latecomer or opportunity? </li></ul><ul><li>Agenda decades old, SDNPA new kid on block </li></ul><ul><li>But designation of a National Park creates new opportunities to drive agenda eg) </li></ul><ul><li>At least 45 Biodiversity Opportunity Areas in NP </li></ul>
  8. 8. Purpose 1 To conserve and enhance the natural beauty, wildlife and cultural heritage of the area. Duty To seek to foster the social and economic well-being of local communities Purpose 2 To promote opportunities for the understanding and enjoyment of the Special qualities of the Park by the public. Restoring ecological networks can support both NP Purposes and Duty Fit for Purpose
  9. 9. <ul><li>Making a difference </li></ul><ul><li>SDNPA brings to the table: </li></ul><ul><li>Public mandate </li></ul><ul><li>Convening power </li></ul><ul><li>Some new money </li></ul><ul><li>People on the ground </li></ul><ul><li>Planning powers </li></ul><ul><li>BUT – a much larger opportunity exists </li></ul>
  10. 10. National Park Management Plan (shared) Use of Assets / Delivery of Services Ecological Networks Public/Private investment flows within or impacting upon the National Park: (£100s millions? ) Purposes & Duty
  11. 11. Dialogue is essential Powerful synergies exist between ecological restoration and wellbeing, these increase with scale SDNPA engagement processes are involving many 100s of people right now - so vital this agenda features strongly in debate
  12. 12. State of the National Park Report LDF Core Strategy National Park Management Plan Ongoing Engagement Developing Evidence Base Embedding this Approach in SDNP by 2014
  13. 13. Designation of a National Park <ul><li>31 March 2010 </li></ul><ul><li>10 th to be designated in England </li></ul>
  14. 14. Thank you, and please continue the Conference debate on the South Downs online Forum at: Director of Strategy & Partnerships 07795 287 538 or 01730 811774 South Downs National Park Authority, Hatton House, Bepton Road, Midhurst, West Sussex, GU29 9LU