The inquiry into the designation of the South Downs National Park re-opened on 12 February 2008, almost three years after it closed.
The inquiry has been re-opened to consider the effects on the proposed designation of the Meyrick v SSEFRA  EWCA Civ 53 case and the Natural Environment and Rural Communities Act 2006, as well as a possible alternative boundary line and possible additional areas for designation.
Richard Honey is instructed as junior counsel for Natural England, the promoters of the National Park. This follows Richard's work advising Natural England on the Meyrick case, the drafting of what became the 2006 Act, and proposed new designations in the North West of England. Richard also successfully represented the Countryside Agency - Natural England's predecessor - at the Whinash wind farm inquiry.