Threat lifted over future of South Downs ancient road

Concern has turned to delight over the future of an ancient road in the South Downs National Park.

Friday, 19th June 2020, 10:54 am

Britain’s oldest national conservation group - The Open Spaces Society - raised concerns last month when plans were revealed to build a campsite at Coldwaltham near Pulborough which, it said, would threaten nearby Colebrook Lane.

And it criticised West Sussex County Council - which is responsible for public highways - for saying that the ancient road, Colebrook Lane, was a ‘permissive path.’

But now the society says that it is ‘delighted’ after the withdrawal of a planning application to build the campsite.

Colebrook Lane, Coldwaltham SUS-200518-125429001

The society originally objected to the development arguing that it conflicted with the purposes of the national park and would have had ‘an adverse impact on people’s recreational enjoyment of the area and on its natural beauty.’

It drew attention to the threat to the adjoining Colebrook Lane, an unmade public road, ‘the character of which’, it said, ‘would have been destroyed by making it fit for frequent vehicular use.’

Society spokesman Hugh Craddock said: “We are relieved that the applicant has seen sense and withdrawn this damaging and controversial application.

“We hope that this peaceful part of the national park is now safe from adverse development.”

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