Response from the South Downs Society (Friends of the South Downs).
The ‘Friends of the South Downs‘ is the membership charity, working to campaign, protect and conserve the landscape of the National Park.
These are the views of the District Officers – who respond to planning consultations and Local Planning Issues on behalf of the Society.
We do not consider that the scope of drilling exploration fits within the definition of permitted development. It has landscape impact and restoration consequences; archaeological implications; aquifer implications; earth tremor implications for historic structures; and traffic implications on rural roads that may need Grampian conditions to alleviate. This is well beyond the scope of permitted development even if the permission is time limited.