Last chance to stop the Arundel Bypass

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Despite the climate and nature emergency, National Highways is continuing to pursue plans for major roadbuilding right on the edge of the South Downs National Park.  

Their preferred option for the A27 Arundel Bypass, the grey route a four-lane dual carriageway which will have a devastating effect on water meadows and woodlands just outside the National Park and will lead to increased noise and pollution within the National Park.  

That’s why we’ve joined local people and other environmental NGOs in opposing the grey route and recommending the adoption of the lower impact Arundel Alternative instead. We’ve been very grateful to our supporters who’ve added their voice to these calls in previous rounds of consultation.

Last chance to have your say

There’s no one last chance to demonstrate the strength of opposition as National Highways are currently running the final round of consultation before they apply for development consent. Local campaigners have made this easy with a step-by-step guide to responding to the consultation which you can find here. Deadline 8 March 2022.

National Highways have to show how they will respond to any objections to their proposals so let’s make sure they’re forced to rethink their plans and come up with something far more appropriate. Please also sign the Stop the Arundel Bypass petition, if you haven’t already.  

Campaign for National Parks Policy & Research Manager Ruth Bradshaw said: “It’s astounding that the Government, with net zero targets and work underway to address the nature and climate emergency, would proceed with plans for a hugely damaging road on the edge of a National Park. The climate crisis has to be at the heart of decision-making across all Government departments, not just Defra. We’re very concerned that, should this go ahead, this could set a dangerous precedent for National Parks.”

Campaigning to protect National Parks 

Campaign for National Parks, as the only independent charity campaigning to protect all National Parks in England and Wales, often joins forces with local campaigns against development which threatens National Parks, or their settings; from roads to housing developments, car parks to energy infrastructure and more. Working with local campaigners, we help mobilise support, amplify the issues and give National Parks a bigger voice with politicians.

But we can’t do it without you. A very big thank you to our Friends for supporting this campaign previously, and to everyone who’s signed a petition, written to their MP or shared news of threats to National Parks. We are stronger together.

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