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A Distinctive Peninsula

A Distinctive Peninsula
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The Natural England publication - the Natural England National Character Area Profile: 126 South Coast Plain (NE525) –  was published 24 February 2014.

This excellent piece of work highlights the importance of the Manhood Peninsula as a ‘Distinct Area’ in the South Coast NCA – as ‘one of the last, and largest, relatively undeveloped stretches of coastline between Newhaven and Southampton.’ It notes that ‘tranquillity is a scarce but greatly prized resource within this heavily urbanized NCA.’

Natural England’s Statements of Environmental Opportunity in this area include ‘improving access to the coast for walking, cycling and disabled people and encouraging reduced car use.’ (SEO 1) and ‘encouraging a strategic approach to the planning of land use (in) the Manhood Peninsula’ ensuring that ‘the tranquil character is retained.’ (SEO2).

It is good to see the environmental assets we have on the peninsula being recognised and reinforced. The Manhood Peninsula Partnership hopes to build on the work by enhancing the environment of the entire peninsula and create links for people and wildlife between the important EU designated and compensatory sites of  Chichester, Medmerry and Pagham Harbours - strengthening the value of each individual area.

To read Natural England's report follow this link to the Natural England website