Countryside & Agricultural Planning

The Practice offers a range of agricultural planning services related to planning: initial advice, business plans, appraisals and preparation and handling of applications and appeals. We can also design your agricultural building or dwelling. We have extensive experience in estate management and replacement dwellings as well as Para 55 houses.


Sky Park Farm, West Harting, Petersfield



Planning permission has been obtained from the South Downs National Park to open up a deer farm to visiting members of the public, along with the erection of new buildings to provide a farm shop, café, education room, farm business office and workshop, as well as a children’s play area and car park. The application was prepared and submitted by Neil March, Director, with all plans drawn by Steve Wickenden, Architect.

The application was supported by a Landscape Visual Impact Assessment prepared by WH Landscape, an Ecology report prepared by Peach Ecology and a Transport Statement prepared by Paul Basham Associates.

The application received unanimous support from the members of the South Down National Park Planning Committee and also the support of its officers who recommended that planning permission should be granted.

The proposal will be a unique visitor attraction within the South Downs National Park, which will allow members of the public the opportunity to spend time walking around the farm using the network of hardsurfaced races, being able to see the deer up close and enjoy the rest areas and picnic areas that will be provided, including a natural dew pond and the banks of the River Rother, as well as a wood themed children’s play area. The farm shop and café will provide visitors with the opportunity to purchase vension reared on the farm and other local produce, as well as tasting vension inspired food and other meal options in the café.

The application demonstrated that the proposal would accord with National Park purposes to conserve and enhance the natural beauty, wildlife and cultural heritage of the area, as well as promoting opportunities for the understanding and enjoyment of the special qualities of the National Park by the public. It also had to be shown that the proposal would not result in unacceptable levels of traffic and would also offer ecological enhancements.

It is anticipated that the attraction will be up and running by summer 2020.

Southern Planning Practice Ltd are currently assisting the owner in applying for a grant from the European RDPE Growth Programme towards some of the building work.