New car park and access road at T-junction

posted Jan 30, 2019, 8:03 AM by Stanmer Preservation Society

The SPS is concerned that plans for a new road, passed in 2016 and about to be tick-boxed away, will cause harm to the rural character and setting of Stanmer Church and the Park. The projected extra visitor numbers, from 500,000 to 750,000 annually, ie 700 extra visitors per day to the new facilities, seem overly optimistic and we would hope that the new road and car park were not based on these unrealistic projected visitor numbers. 
Even at this late stage, we would encourage a rethink with perhaps the continued use of the existing road past the Stable Block, as has been suggested by Historic England.
This is a blow up of the Masterplan showing the new access road at the T-junction, which has been moved nearer the church as a result of our successful campaign to save the tulip tree.
At the very least, we feel there should be some attempt to inform the public of plans that will destroy the rural heart of Stanmer Park. 

The original plans for the new car park were approved in 2016 and can be found on the SDNP Planning Portal, SDNP/16/03927/FUL, with the direct link to the new car park here SDNP_16_03927_FUL-LANDSCAPE_PROPOSALS_-_NEW_JUNCTION-773673.pdf for you to Copy and Paste. Here's a screen grab for ease of access.

The role of the SPS is to protect and preserve the unique heritage of this once important Estate and we are horribly aware that any loss of heritage is irrevocable and must be robustly justified.

Get into the Christmas spirit at Stanmer Church 15th & 16th December

posted Nov 20, 2018, 6:47 AM by Stanmer Preservation Society   [ updated Nov 22, 2018, 4:31 AM ]

In Our Nature will be your chance to escape the Christmas crowds and enjoy some fresh air at Stanmer Park over the weekend of 15th & 16th December. 

Join us for a Walk for Chalk on Saturday, and a Walk for Wildlife on Sunday, foraging for your own festive decorations from natural materials each afternoon, followed by charity performances from local acapella choirs each evening. Children and dogs welcome...


15th December 


11.30 am - Meeting at the Lower Lodges, using chalk to draw attention to our precious Chalk ecology

FREE Christmas wreath and other natural decoration making

4.00 pm - Candlelit charity performance from Acabellas in Stanmer Church


16th December


Meeting at the Lower Lodges at 11.30, we will stroll up through the park from the Lower Lodges to the church

FREE Christmas wreath and other natural decoration making

6.30 pm - Candlelit charity performance from Brighton Steiner School Community Choir in Stanmer Church

Launch of Stanmer Bat Watch, 7.00 Stanmer Church, Friday 10th August 2018.

posted Dec 15, 2017, 1:50 AM by Stanmer Preservation Society   [ updated Aug 3, 2018, 12:58 PM ]

Would you like to volunteer to be a Bat Detectorist and help us locate Stanmer's resident bats. Do we still have brown long-eared bats in the belfry? Come along and find out in the Church on Friday the 10th August.
We aim to survey bats every night until hibernation late October/early November.  
David King from Batbox will give an introductory talk about bats and their habitats and then we'll head out at dusk for some detecting...

Bat Picture
to the Stanmer Preservation Society.

Wild Chalk event in East Brighton Park 22 July 2018.

posted Nov 17, 2017, 2:24 AM by Stanmer Preservation Society   [ updated Aug 3, 2018, 12:54 PM ]

Stanmer's own Wild Flower Conservationist, Johnny Gapper, joined the South Downs National Park at their Wild Chalk event in East Brighton Park on 22 July 2018. He and Lindy (our Wildlife Officer) displayed a large range of wild flowers for sale and answered questions from an enthusiastic public. 
This was the first such event and it was such a roaring success - petting lambs, butterfly nets (for identification only), storytelling in the shepherd's hut, spinning and natural dyeing displays, birds of prey - that we all hope it will become an annual event.

Bat Picture

Join the Stanmer Park Big Tidy-up !!

posted Nov 11, 2017, 5:58 AM by Stanmer Preservation Society

What a lovely event it was!

posted Sep 17, 2017, 1:49 PM by Stanmer Preservation Society

The Donkey Wheel Well event last weekend was a great success! The flowers everywhere were gorgeous, the choirs brought glorious voices back into the church again, and we raised money for SPS and for WaterAid! Huge congratulations to all who gave so much of their time and energy.

Happening on Sunday 10 September!

posted Sep 8, 2017, 8:06 AM by Stanmer Preservation Society   [ updated Sep 8, 2017, 9:42 AM ]

Don't forget his is happening at Stanmer this Sunday!

There will be a lovely line-up of events:
10.30am: A water blessing with Lynne Ridden in the Donkey Well House
11.00 and 12.30 - guided tours to the water catch 
1.00pm story telling  
1.30 - guided tour to the water catch 
2.30 - story telling  
3.00 - Steiner School Community Choir
3.30 - Acabellas will sing outside the Donkey Well House

Come and celebrate water in Stanmer Park! Discover the Donkey Wheel Well.

posted Aug 9, 2017, 1:17 PM by Stanmer Preservation Society   [ updated Aug 9, 2017, 1:20 PM ]

Sunday 10th September from 10am to 4pm – Sources, stories and songs of water in Stanmer Park ...

STOP PRESS!! Great news!

posted Aug 8, 2017, 10:36 AM by Stanmer Preservation Society   [ updated Aug 8, 2017, 10:38 AM ]

Mike Holland has withdrawn his application for consent and agreed to reinstate the historic part of the Old Stable Block destroyed in his development.

Tim Slaney, Director of Planning for the South Downs National Park Authority, said:

"We are pleased that the applicant has withdrawn these applications and also advised us that they intend to restore that part of the listed building.

"We have asked the applicant to submit the necessary listed building application to allow this work to take place and encourage them to work closely with us to make sure that restoration is as accurate as possible.

"We take breaches of planning seriously and have advised that should the applicant fail to submit this application by the end of September we will look to take further enforcement action.”

This is an excellent result and SPS are delighted to have been a part of the work to achieve it.

Old Stable Block update!

posted Aug 4, 2017, 3:02 AM by Stanmer Preservation Society   [ updated Aug 4, 2017, 3:07 AM ]

As many of you will know, Stanmer Preservation Society has been opposing retrospective planning consent for part of the old Stable Block in Stanmer Park, which was developed by Mike Holland without due regard for the historic stabling and fittings, which was required by the original consent.

SPS has been assisting SDNPA by providing reference material that could enable the possible reinstatement of the historic fittings that were destroyed by the development.

We are heartened to report that the SDNPA planning officer’s recommendation to the forthcoming Planning Committee Meeting on 10 August 2017 supports our objectives in that it recommends refusal of planning consent, which is definitely a step in the right direction! 

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