Posted 16 November 2009 by Andrew Gardner
On 12 November 2009 the creation of the South Downs National Park was announced along with confirmed boundaries by Hilary Benn, Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.
It will come into being on 31 March 2010 a year ahead of the proposed date and will cover over 600 square miles encompassing the Western Weald including Petersfield and Liss and in the east will include Lewes and Ditchling and land to the north. There will be a year of preparatory work and the National Park Authority is likely to become operational from 1 April 2011.
This is exciting news and we expect this announcement to have a positive impact on tourism within Sussex and East Hampshire with an increasing interest over the next couple of years. This in turn will fuel demand for quality self catering holiday accommodation whether a Chichester city apartment, country cotages, farmhouses, barn conversions, or seaside holiday homes. Sussex can offer all of these and we intend to market them.