Neighbourhood Planning

On the 14 July 2015 Chichester District Council adopted the new Chichester Local Plan: Key Policies 2014-2029. This replaced the previous Chichester District Local Plan: First Review (1999) in its entirety. The council published the statement setting this out and identifying the change to the development plan.

The Council has also now published its most up to date five-year housing land supply position which can be viewed on the Council's Housing land supply webpage.

Neighbourhood planning is a way for local communities to decide the future of their areas. Successful Neighbourhood Plans will form part of the development plan used by Chichester District Council in determining planning applications.

The Localism Act (2011) gave powers to local communities and parish and town councils to produce Neighbourhood Plans. The Neighbourhood Planning Regulations (2012) set out the stages of producing a Neighbourhood Plan.

There are links from this page to a number of guidance documents that give more detail on the Neighbourhood Plan process and how the District Council can help community groups that are looking to produce a Neighbourhood Plan.

Chichester District Council guidance documents include:

  • Support for Neighbourhood Planning groups: This sets out the how the District Council can help Neighbourhood planning groups in producing their Neighbourhood Plans.
  • Guide to producing a Neighbourhood Plan: This document sets out detailed guidance on how to progress a Neighbourhood Plan through its various stages and how the District Council can aid the delivery of each stage.

Neighbourhood Planning in the South Downs National Park

There are a number of Chichester District parishes that are now either wholly or partly within the South Downs National Park. Where any neighbourhood planning work is being considered  within these parishes further details are available on their website. .

Birdham Neighbourhood Plan

The Birdham Neighbourhood Plan has been compiled by local residents and the Parish Council. It establishes a vision for the evolution and long-term sustainability of Birdham Parish and village over the period 2014-2029. The plan sets out a vision for the future of the parish and planning policies which will be used to determine planning applications locally.

The Parish of Birdham covers an area of around 696 hectares located to the south west of Chichester on the Manhood Peninsula. It is a uniquely situated harbour-side village that lies within the Chichester Harbour Area of Outstanding Beauty and close proximity to Pagham Harbour and Medmerry compensatory habitat.

Following Cabinet on the 7 June 2016, at the Council meeting on 19 July 2016, Chichester District Council resolved to 'Make' the Birdham Neighbourhood Development Plan. This means that the Birdham Neighbourhood Development Plan has been brought into legal force, and forms part of the statutory Development Plan for Birdham. Consequently, decisions on whether or not to grant planning permission in Birdham will need to be made in accordance with the Birdham Neighbourhood Development Plan, unless material considerations indicate otherwise.

Referendum

The Birdham Neighbourhood Plan referendum was held on 5 May 2016, 90% of voters on the day said "Yes" to the Birdham Neighbourhood Plan.

Examination

Janet Cheesley has been appointed as the Examiner for the Birdham Neighbourhood Plan. The Examiner's Final Report has been received and is published below. Chichester District Council has now published its Decision Statement as agreed by Cabinet on 9th February 2016.

At the request of the Examiner the Council wrote to all those who submitted representations as part of the Regulation 16 consultation to ask if their original representation(s) still stand or if there are any amendments to be made in the light of the Council's Statement on the adoption of the new Local Plan. Responses were requested no later than Monday 7 September 2015 and are also listed below.

Publication (Regulation 16)

The Birdham Parish Neighbourhood Plan was published for consultation according to Regulation 16 of the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012 from 11 December 2014 to 12 February 2015.

Pre-submission (Regulation 14)

The Birdham Parish Neighbourhood Plan was published for consultation according to Regulation 14 of the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012 from 9 June 2014 to 21 July 2014. For more information please visit the Birdham Parish Council  website.

Bosham Neighbourhood Plan

The Bosham Parish Neighbourhood Plan  has been produced by a Project Team appointed by  and  reporting  to  the Parish Council and  as  a  result  of  the  careful  consideration  of  numerous  consultation exercises  and  responses  from  the  community  and  a  wide  variety  of  local  stakeholders.  Detailed consideration  has  also  been  given  to  numerous  evidential  sources  including  local  survey information and higher level planning policies and guidance. This work has been undertaken with the  assistance  of  the  Bosham  Association  and  community  volunteers  and  with  the  advice  and support of the CDC and the Chichester Harbour Conservancy. The  BPNP  reflects  community  wide  observations,  comments,  concerns  and  aspirations  about planning, development and related issues for the period up until 2029.

Following Council meeting on 22 November 2016, Chichester District Council resolved to 'Make' the Bosham Parish Neighbourhood Development Plan. This means that the Bosham Parish Neighbourhood Development Plan has been brought into legal force, and forms part of the statutory Development Plan for Bosham. Consequently, decisions on whether or not to grant planning permission in Bosham will need to be made in accordance with the Bosham Parish Neighbourhood Development Plan, unless material considerations indicate otherwise.

Referendum

The Bosham Neighbourhood Plan referendum was held on Wednesday 16 November 2016, 90% of voters on the day said "Yes" to the Bosham Neighbourhood Plan .

Examination

Janet Cheesley has been appointed as the Examiner for the Bosham Neighbourhood Plan.  The Examiner's Final Report has been received and is published along with the Parish Council's revised comparison report. The other documents have been published in response to queries raised by the examiner. The examiner has also taken account of relevant documents submitted by Luken Beck obo Barratt David Wilson to Bosham Parish Council as part of their regulation 14 consultation.

Publication (Regulation 16)

The Bosham Neighbourhood Plan is now published for consultation according to Regulation 16 of the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012 from 27 August to 9 October 2015.

Pre-submission (Regulation 14)

The Bosham Parish Neighbourhood Plan was published for consultation according to Regulation 14 of the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012 from 12 November 2014 to 31 December 2014. For more information please visit the Bosham Parish Council   website.

Boxgrove Neighbourhood Plan

The Parish is set at the foot of the South Downs, with the northern part of the Parish located within the South Downs National Park.  Boxgrove is a small village located on relatively flat land between the A27 and the settlement of Halnaker. Goodwood House, with which the village has strong historical associations, lies about a mile to the north west. The centre of the village of Boxgrove is designated as a conservation area, and is linear stretching north-south along The Street, with many historic buildings. Boxgrove Parish also includes the smaller settlements of Crockerhill and Strettington.

A Benedictine monastery was founded at Boxgrove by William de la Haye in 1115. The priory church remains as the Church of England parish church of St. Mary and St. Blaise, minus the original parish church, the monks church became the parish church, and mostly dates from the 13th century.

Boxgrove Neighbourhood Area Designation

Chidham and Hambrook Neighbourhood Plan

The Chidham and Hambrook Neighbourhood Plan has been compiled by local residents and the Parish Council. It establishes a vision for the evolution and long-term sustainability of Chidham and Hambrook Parish over the period 2014-2029. The plan sets out a vision for the future of the parish and planning policies which will be used to determine planning applications locally.

The Chidham and Hambrook Neighbourhood Area covers just under 11 km² and is made up of three communities; Chidham, Hambrook and part of East Nutbourne. The Neighbourhood Area is bounded by the A27 to the north, and the Chichester Harbour AONB to the south.

Following Cabinet on the 20th September 2016, at the Council meeting on 20th September 2016, Chichester District Council resolved to 'Make' the Chidham and Hambrook Neighbourhood Development Plan. This means that the Chidham and Hambrook Neighbourhood Development Plan has been brought into legal force, and forms part of the statutory Development Plan for Chidham and Hambrook. Consequently, decisions on whether or not to grant planning permission in Chidham and Hambrook will need to be made in accordance with the Chidham and Hambrook Neighbourhood Development Plan, unless material considerations indicate otherwise.

Referendum

Chidham and Hambrook Neighbourhood Plan referendum was held on 13th September 2016, 94% of voters on the day said "Yes" to the Chidham and Hambrook Neighbourhood Plan.

Examination

Janet Cheesley was appointed as the Examiner for the Chidham & Hambrook Neighbourhood Plan. The Examiner's Final Report has been received and is published below. Chichester District Council has now published its Decision Statement as agreed by Cabinet on 3 May 2016.

Publication (Regulation 16)

The Chidham and Hambrook Neighbourhood Plan is now published for consultation according to Regulation 16 of the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012 from 27 August to 9 October 2015.

Pre-submission (Regulation 14)

The Chidham and Hambrook Neighbourhood Plan has been published for representations according to Regulation 14 of the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012. The consultation period ran for 6 weeks until 8 September 2014. For more information please visit the  Chidham and Hambrook Parish Council  website.

 East Wittering and Bracklesham Neighbourhood Plan

Fishbourne Neighbourhood Plan

The Fishbourne Neighbourhood Plan has been compiled by local residents and the Parish Council. It establishes a vision for the evolution and long-term sustainability of Fishbourne Parish and village over the period 2014-2029. The plan sets out a vision for the future of the parish and planning policies which will be used to determine planning applications locally.

The Fishbourne Neighbourhood Area covers just under 4 km² and is situated directly to the west of Chichester at the head of the Fishbourne Channel. The A27 forms the northern and eastern boundaries of the village.

Following Cabinet on the 8 March 2016, at the Council meeting on 31 March 2016, Chichester District Council resolved to 'Make' the Fishbourne Neighbourhood Development Plan. This means that the Fishbourne Neighbourhood Development Plan has been brought into legal force, and forms part of the statutory Development Plan for Fishbourne. Consequently, decisions on whether or not to grant planning permission in Fishbourne will need to be made in accordance with the Fishbourne Neighbourhood Development Plan, unless material considerations indicate otherwise.

Fishbourne Neighbourhood Plan was 'made' on 31 March 2016. The Plan included Appendix FNP3 - Fishbourne Settlement Area (outlined in red) April 2014.  A drafting error in relation to this map was identified. The modification document, agreed by Council on 22 November 2016, sets out Chichester District Council's modification to rectify the situation and correct the error by substituting a replacement map. Fishbourne Parish Council has consented to the modification.

A copy of the Modification Document is available to view below:

Referendum

Fishbourne Neighbourhood Plan referendum was held on 11th February 2016. 94% of voters on the day said "Yes" to the Fishbourne Neighbourhood Plan.

Examination

The Examiner's Final Report has been received and is published. Chichester District Council has now published its Decision Statement as agreed by Cabinet on 1 December 2015.

The representations and submission documents were submitted for independent examination on 11 July 2014. In light of representations made by Iceni Projects in accordance with Regulation 16, Chichester District Council requested the suspension of the examination. The examination has now been resumed.

The Examiner has asked for a period of consultation to be undertaken on the amendments to the SEA determination and the text and wording of Policy SD1 set out in the documents below. This consultation ran until 6 March 2015.

At the request of the Examiner the Council wrote to all those who submitted representations as part of the Regulation 16 consultation to ask if their  original representation(s) still stand or if there are any amendments to be made in the light of the Council's Statement on the adoption of the new Local Plan. Responses were requested no later than Monday 7 September 2015 and are listed below.

Publication (Regulation 16)

The Fishbourne Neighbourhood Plan was published for representations according to Regulation 16 of the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012 from 29 May 2014 to 10 July 2014.
The representations and submission documents were submitted for independent examination on 11 July 2014.

Pre-submission (Regulation 14)

The Fishbourne Neighbourhood Plan was published for representations according to Regulation 14 of the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012 from 1 December 2013 to 24 January 2014. For more information please visit the Fishbourne Parish Council  website.

Kirdford Neighbourhood Plan

Following Cabinet on 3rd June 2014, at the Council meeting on 22nd July 2014, Chichester District Council resolved to 'Make' the Kirdford Neighbourhood Development Plan. This means that the Kirdford  Neighbourhood Development Plan has been brought into legal force, and forms part of the statutory Development Plan for Kirdford. Consequently, decisions on whether or not to grant planning permission in Kirdford will need to be made in accordance with the Kirdford Neighbourhood Development Plan, unless material considerations indicate otherwise.

Kirdford Neighbourhood Plan Referendum - on the 1 May 2014, 95% of voters on the day said 'Yes' to the Kirdford Neighbourhood Plan.

Kirdford Neighbourhood Plan Examination

The Kirdford Neighbourhood Plan was examined in January 2014. The Examiner's report has now been received. The Examiner recommended that the Kirdford Neighbourhood Plan proceed to referendum subject to modifications. Chichester District Council published its Decision Statement which was taken to Cabinet.

Publication (Regulation 16)

The Kirdford Neighbourhood Plan has been published for representations according to regulation 16 of the the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012. The consultation ran from the 19 July to 2 September 2013 at 5pm.

Copies of the Neighbourhood Development Plan and supporting documentation are available to view.

Loxwood Neighbourhood Plan

The Loxwood Parish Neighbourhood Plan has been compiled by local residents and the Parish Council. It establishes a vision for the evolution and long-term sustainability of Loxwood Parish and village over the next 10 to 15 years. The plan sets out a vision for the future of the parish and planning policies which will be used to determine planning applications locally.

Loxwood parish is located in the north east part of Chichester District adjacent to the border with Surrey. It lies outside the boundary of the South Downs National Park and is made up of the village of Loxwood together with the hamlets of Alfold Bars to the north and Roundstreet Common to the south. The parish includes several local lanes such as Oakhurst Lane, Pigbush Lane, Brewhurst lane, Skiff Lane and Drungewick Lane. The Plan Area is rural, with the main settlement area being Loxwood.

Following Cabinet on the 7 July 2015, at the Council meeting on 14 July 2015, Chichester District Council resolved to 'Make' the Loxwood Neighbourhood Development Plan. This means that the Loxwood Neighbourhood Development Plan has been brought into legal force, and forms part of the statutory Development Plan for Loxwood. Consequently, decisions on whether or not to grant planning permission in Loxwood will need to be made in accordance with the Loxwood Neighbourhood Development Plan, unless material considerations indicate otherwise.

The Loxwood Neighbourhood Plan will remain in place after a High Court legal challenge by developers against Chichester District Council failed. The plan was formally made last July following a referendum, but developer Crownhall Estates Limited decided to launch a legal challenge against the council's decision to make the plan. A court hearing was held in November and on Thursday 21 January, Chichester District Council was informed that all grounds for the challenge had failed. A copy of the Final Judgement can be seen below.

Referendum 2015

The Referendum for the Loxwood Neighbourhood Plan was held on the 25 June 2015.

Examination March 2015

The Loxwood Neighbourhood Plan was examined in December 2014 to February 2015. The Examiner's report has now been received and published. The Examiner recommended that the Loxwood Neighbourhood Plan proceed to referendum subject to modifications. Chichester District Council has now published its Decision Statement as agreed by Cabinet on 24 April 2015.

Chichester District Council received a legal challenge on its decision to hold a referendum following the independent examination of the Neighbourhood Plan.  The challenge was based around the failure of the District Council to carry out a legally compliant screening opinion process to determine whether a Strategic Environmental Assessment of the plan was required.

In order to remedy this error, the District Council carried out a formal screening opinion process.  The Parish Council issued an up to date Basic Conditions Statement and re-submitted the Neighbourhood Plan to the District Council for consultation.  Following this the Neighbourhood Plan will be the subject of an independent examination before a further anticipated referendum.
The consultation ran from the 23 October to the 4 December 2014.

Publication (Regulation 16) (October 2014)

Referendum 2014

The Loxwood Neighbourhood Plan referendum was held on 24 July 2014. The result is available to view on this page.

Examination 2014

The Loxwood Neighbourhood Plan examination was held in March 2014. In April 2014 the council received the Examiner's report, which concludes that subject to modifications that the Plan should proceed to referendum.

Publication (Regulation 16)

The Loxwood Neighbourhood Plan was published for representations according to Regulation 16 of the the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012. The consultation ran from 17 January to 28 February 2014.

Plaistow and Ifold Neighbourhood Plan

The Parish is situated in the North East of Chichester District in a rural setting. It borders to the North with Dunsfold Parish, Surrey; to the West with the South Downs National Park and Northchapel Parish; to the South with Kirdford Parish and to the East with Loxwood Parish. There are four settlement areas in the Parish - Ifold, Plaistow, Durfold Wood and Shillinglee. Outside of these areas, the Parish is rural and largely undeveloped, other than sporadic residential development and agricultural activity with a number of established large farms. The Parish is characterised as remote and tranquil. It comprises undulating, pastoral landscape of green fields interspersed with belts of woodland, including ancient woodland, ancient assarts, hedgerows and shaws extending from the Arun valley to the east and the Western extent of the Low Weald.

Plaistow and Ifold Neighbourhood Area Designation

Selsey Neighbourhood Plan

Selsey is located at the end of one of the busiest B roads in the UK, the B2145. It is within the district of Chichester and at the southern tip of the Manhood Peninsula, a flat coastal plain and one of the few undeveloped coastal strips along the south coast.

In 1899 when Selsey's population was just over 1,200, most properties were concentrated around the High Street with open fields immediately behind. Selsey was then sparsely populated, with dwellings and workshops situated on just three main streets or lanes. Ordnance Survey maps of the time show the main concentration of properties existed along the High Street, running from St Peter's Church at the northern end, south to West Street. Further settlement also existed along West Street towards the Thorney Coastguard Station and along East Street towards Fish Lane and the Selsey Coastguard Station. The rest of the area now occupied by residential development was open farmland, coastal pastures and a mixture of salt marsh and reed beds.

The pattern of the original lanes is still evident today, forming the principal routes that fed the successive waves of development that occurred through the 20th century. Since the end of the 19th century, the activity of Selsey has evolved from a fishing village into a quintessential British seaside destination and residential settlement. Today it is the second-largest conurbation in Chichester district. Typical of other coastal towns, Selsey is also favoured by retirees, with many of its permanent residents having previously been visitors or tourists to the area over many years. The town is popular with visitors from London and the Home Counties, who make frequent visits to the area, attracted by a mix of local amenities as well as the short travel times.

The expansion of the village into a town was due to a few significant events, most notable of these was the construction of the sea wall in the 1950s. By creating a hard defence along East and West Beaches, large swathes of land became suitable for development and over the next two decades several hundred houses were built in the land immediately behind the new defences. The largest development took place in the southeast corner of Selsey in the 1960s, creating the Kingsway/Merryfield Drive area. As a seaside town attracting tourists and part-time residents, the coastal strip has offered prime locations for residential development. Whilst some houses have been built for permanent use, many are exclusively for short lets and holiday use. Most notably along East Beach, since the 1930s decommissioned railway carriages have been converted into beachfront holiday cottages.

New revised Selsey Neighbourhood Plan 2017

Selsey Town Council is revising its previous draft Neighbourhood Plan and has started public consultation on the revised draft plan. More details can be found on the Selsey Town Council website. In conjunction with the revised draft neighbourhood plan the following Strategic Environmental Assessment determination has been made.

Strategic Environmental Assessment and HRA February 2017

Selsey neighbourhood area designation

Selsey neighbourhood plan - superseded

Selsey Hearing November 2015

Selsey Town Council agreed at its Full Council Meeting on 17 February 2016, to notify the examiner that the Town Council has decided to withdraw the current submission draft of the Neighbourhood Plan. A further Pre-submission version of the Neighbourhood Plan will be published in due course. The examiner's final report is available for viewing.

John Slater, the Examiner appointed for the Selsey Neighbourhood Plan, requested a public hearing be held to assist his examination of the Selsey Neighbourhood Plan. The public hearing was held on Wednesday 18 November 2015. The Examiner's Interim Report has been published:

Examination 2015

John Slater has been appointed as the Examiner for the Selsey Neighbourhood Plan. At the request of the Examiner the council wrote to all those who submitted representations as part of the Regulation 16 consultation to ask if their  original representation(s) still stand or if there are any amendments to be made in the light of the council's statement on the adoption of the new Local Plan. Responses were requested no later than Monday 14 September 2015 and are listed below.

Publication (Regulation 16) April 2015

The Selsey Neighbourhood Plan was published for consultation according to Regulation 16 of the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012 from 30 April to 11 June 2015.

  • Selsey NP Reg 16 Summary of Reps June 2015 available on request
  • Selsey Submission Consultation Responses available on request


Pre-submission (Regulation 14) October 2014

The Selsey Town Neighbourhood Plan was published for consultation according to Regulation 14 of the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012 for six weeks from 20th October 2014. For more information please visit the  Selsey Town council  website.

Southbourne Neighbourhood Plan

The Parish of Southbourne is located at the western edge of Chichester District within West Sussex, extending from Chichester Harbour in the south to the main A27 road at its northern boundary. The name Southbourne did not exist until 1876 when the ecclesiastical parish was formed out of Westbourne. It included Nutbourne, Prinsted, Hermitage and Gosden Green.

Although the church was consecrated in 1876, some early records state that the parish was not formed until February 26 1878. The records kept in Victorian times were not always accurate and tend to contradict each other. It is not known what the population was when the parish was formed but in 1901 it is given as 1,012, in 1931 it was given as 2,175 and in 2011 there were 6,265 people living in the Parish.

From its creation until the 1960s Southbourne was mainly an agricultural area, market gardens and fruit farms being quite prolific. In those days the industry was labour intensive and provided a great deal of work for local people. During World War One the construction of an airfield began in the northern part of the village. It was intended for it to be a "Training Depot Station" for a Handley Page 0/400 unit of the United States Army Air Service. It covered 247 acres and was to be completed by 1st November 1918, and by early August of that year, roads, water, sewerage and power services were virtually complete.

The main road which runs through the parish appears to be an ancient Roman road which would have connected Chichester and Portchester. The road later became known as the Turnpike, which was a form of toll road. According to some documents it was instituted as a Turnpike in 1720, but other documents refer to it as having been established some time after that. It was referred to as the Cosham to Chichester Turnpike, which ran from Cosham in the County of Southampton to the city of Chichester. The arrival of the railway brought about the end of the toll road, as the loads which hitherto had been conveyed by pack horse and horse and cart and therefore paid a toll were then conveyed by train. Initially there was no station between Bosham and Emsworth, but in 1906 small stations known as a halts were opened at both Nutbourne and Southbourne.

Following Cabinet on the 1 December 2015, at the Council meeting on 15 December 2015, Chichester District Council resolved to 'Make' the Southbourne Parish Neighbourhood Development Plan. This means that the Southbourne Parish Neighbourhood Development Plan has been brought into legal force, and forms part of the statutory Development Plan for Southbourne. Consequently, decisions on whether or not to grant planning permission in Southbourne will need to be made in accordance with the Southbourne Parish Neighbourhood Development Plan, unless material considerations indicate otherwise.

Referendum

Southbourne Parish Neighbourhood Plan referendum - on the 5th November 2015, 87% of voters on the day said "Yes" to the Southbourne Parish Neighbourhood Plan.

Examination

The Southbourne Parish Neighbourhood Plan was examined in early 2015. The Examiner's report and further Addendum have now been received and published:

Publication (Regulation 16)

The Southbourne Parish Neighbourhood Plan was published for consultation according to Regulation 16 of the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012 from 4 September 2014 to 16 October 2014.

Pre-submission (Regulation 14)

The Southbourne Parish Neighbourhood Plan was published for consultation according to Regulation 14 of the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012 from 17 April 2014 to 5 June 2014. For more information please visit the Southbourne Parish Council  website.

Southbourne Neighbourhood Area Designation

Tangmere Neighbourhood Plan

The Tangmere Neighbourhood Plan has been compiled by local residents and the Parish Council. It establishes a vision for the evolution and long-term sustainability of Tangmere Parish over the period 2014-2029. The plan sets out a vision for the future of the parish and planning policies which will be used to determine planning applications locally.

The Tangmere Neighbourhood Area covers just under 4.7 km² and is situated to the east of Chichester. The Neighbourhood Area is bounded by the A27 to the north, and Arun District to the east.

Following Cabinet on the 7 June 2016, at the Council meeting on 19 July 2016, Chichester District Council resolved to 'Make' the Tangmere Neighbourhood Development Plan. This means that the Tangmere Neighbourhood Development Plan has been brought into legal force, and forms part of the statutory Development Plan for Tangmere. Consequently, decisions on whether or not to grant planning permission in Tangmere will need to be made in accordance with the Tangmere Neighbourhood Development Plan, unless material considerations indicate otherwise.

Referendum

The Tangmere Neighbourhood Plan referendum - on the 5 May 2016, 89.8% of voters on the day said "Yes" to the Tangmere Neighbourhood Plan.

Examination

John Slater has been appointed as the Examiner for the Tangmere Neighbourhood Plan. The Examiner's Final Report has been received and is published below. Chichester District Council has now published its Decision Statement as agreed by Cabinet on 9th February 2016.

At the request of the Examiner the Council wrote to all those who submitted representations as part of the Regulation 16 consultation to ask if their  original representation(s) still stand or if there are any amendments to be made in the light of the Council's Statement on the adoption of the new Local Plan. Responses were requested no later than Monday 14 September 2015 and are also listed below.

Publication (Regulation 16)

The Tangmere Neighbourhood Plan was published for consultation according to Regulation 16 of the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012 from 30 April to 11 June 2015.

Pre-submission (Regulation 14)

The Tangmere Parish Neighbourhood Plan was published for consultation according to Regulation 14 of the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012 from Friday 10 October 2014 to Friday 21 November 2014. For more information please visit the Tangmere Parish Council  website.

Tangmere Neighbourhood Area Designation

West Wittering Neighbourhood Plan

West Wittering Parish (pop. 3,600) is an active, working, rural seaside village, bordered on two sides by water and situated on the western extremity of the Manhood peninsula. One third of the Parish is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). The main settlement areas of the Parish are separated by farmland. The western section of the main settlement contains most of the historical property, and the eastern section is mainly post war residential houses and bungalows adjoining the village of East Wittering. The southern section consists of houses adjacent to the sea. Within the farmland there are further settlements at Ellanore and Rookwood to the north overlooking the harbour, Redlands, Chapel Lane, Piggery Hall Lane and the south of Shipton Green. The total area is approximately 3,500 acres of which 2,100 acres are arable farmland.

West Wittering Neighbourhood Area Designation

Westbourne Neighbourhood Plan

Westbourne is a village and civil parish in the Chichester District of West Sussex. It is adjacent to Emsworth, administered by Havant Borough Council. The parish includes the hamlets of Woodmancote and Aldsworth. The village stands on the River Ems, a small river flowing into Chichester Harbour at Emsworth. It is believed that the village takes its name from its position on the river, which traditionally marks the westernmost boundary of Sussex; 'bourne' being an archaic term for a boundary as well as for a small river or brook.

This is a rural parish whose history dates back to the Domesday Book of 1086. Westbourne was renowned as a market town during the reign of Charles II and still retains a vibrant village centre with shops, doctor's surgery, garages, public houses as well as a local primary school. The parish church, with its 18th century spire, plays an integral part in village life. Since April 2011, the north-eastern and eastern edges of the village have formed boundaries with the newly designated South Downs National Park, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Examination

Jeremy Edge, the Examiner appointed for the Westbourne Neighbourhood Plan, has requested a public hearing to be held on 25 October at 10.00 at The Meeting Place, (former Baptist Chapel), North Street, Westbourne PO10 8SP. The agenda is available to view.

Publication (Regulation 16)

The Westbourne Neighbourhood Plan is now published for consultation according to Regulation 16 of the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012 from 12 June to 24 July 2017. Anyone wishing to submit representations on the draft submission plan may do so either by completing the representation form below and emailing to neighbourhoodplanning@chichester.gov.uk or by printing the form and posting it to us at Neighbourhood Planning, Chichester District Council, East Pallant House, 1 East Pallant, Chichester, West Sussex, PO19 1TY. All representations should be submitted no later than 5.00pm Monday 24 July.

Further details of the supporting evidence base can be seen on the  Westbourne Parish Council  website.

Pre-submission (Regulation 14)

The Westbourne Parish Neighbourhood Plan was published for consultation according to Regulation 14 of the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012 from Friday 26th February to Friday 22nd April 2016. For more information please visit the Westbourne Parish Council  website.

Westbourne Neighbourhood Area Designation

Wisborough Green Neighbourhood Plan

The Parish of Wisborough Green is an area of approximately 1756 hectares which lies in the north western corner of West Sussex, 3 miles from the border with Surrey. It has a population of 1414 with a density of 1.4 persons per hectare (the average for the South East being 4.5). It is a typical rural English village with a picturesque central village green, pond, church and shop located in the historic and Conservation Area of the village. The south western part of the Parish lies within the South Downs National Park.

Wisborough Green is predominantly of a rural nature and the character of the landscape is typical of the North Western Low Weald. The B2133 skirts the village running through the outlying area of Newpound and the A272, the main east to west route, runs through the centre of the village along the south side of the village green. Historical maps indicate that the settlement pattern has remained relatively unchanged through the centuries and that the Green has always featured as an important green space in the centre of the village.

Following Cabinet on the 7 June 2016, at the Council meeting on 19 July 2016, Chichester District Council resolved to 'Make' the Wisborough Green Neighbourhood Development Plan. This means that the Wisborough Green Neighbourhood Development Plan has been brought into legal force, and forms part of the statutory Development Plan for Wisborough Green. Consequently, decisions on whether or not to grant planning permission in Wisborough Green will need to be made in accordance with the Wisborough Green Neighbourhood Development Plan, unless material considerations indicate otherwise.

Referendum

The Wisborough Green Neighbourhood Plan referendum - on the 5th May 2016, 83.18% of voters on the day said "Yes" to the Wisborough Green Neighbourhood Plan.

Examination

Paul McCreery has been appointed as the Examiner for the Wisborough Green Neighbourhood Plan.  The Examiner's Final Report has been received and is published below. At the request of the Examiner the Council wrote to all those who submitted representations as part of the Regulation 16 consultation to ask if their  original representation(s) still stand or if there are any amendments to be made in the light of the Council's Statement on the adoption of the new Local Plan. Responses were requested no later than Monday 14 September 2015 and are listed below.

Publication (Regulation 16)

The Wisborough Green Neighbourhood Plan was published for consultation according to Regulation 16 of the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012 from 30 April to 11 June 2015.

Pre-submission (Regulation 14)

The Wisborough Green Parish Neighbourhood Plan was published for consultation according to Regulation 14 of the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012 from Monday 5 January to 12.00 (Noon) on Monday 2 February 2015. For more information please visit the Wisborough Green Parish  website.

Neighbourhood Plan Area Designation

If a town or parish councils wish to develop a neighbourhood plan, the first step is to submit to the local planning authority an application for the designation of the area to be covered by each neighbourhood plan. A town or parish council may choose to produce a neighbourhood plan that covers all or part of their parish. They must submit to the local planning authority the following:

(a) A map which identifies the area to be covered by the neighbourhood plan; and
(b) A statement explaining why the area concerned is appropriate.

For some areas the local planning authority is Chichester District Council. However, for those parts of Chichester District which lie within the South Downs National Park, applications for the designation of Neighbourhood Plan Areas must be made to the National Park Authority.

Once an application is received from a town or parish council, it will be publicised in the following ways:

  • An advertisement will be placed in the local paper and on the council's website; and
  • The advertisement will also be provided to the town or parish council concerned so that it can be displayed on their notice boards. Comments must be submitted in writing and cannot be accepted as anonymous. All information received is public information (subject to the Data Protection Act). Comments can be submitted via email or by post.

All comments will be treated equally, although it will be up to the District Council to balance any conflicting opinions when considering the Plan Area application. A consultation report summarising the issues raised by consultation will be considered by the Council's Cabinet or Cabinet Member when deciding the Plan Area application. The decision on the Plan Area will be made either at a Cabinet meeting or via Cabinet Member decision. A record of this decision will then sent to the relevant Town or Parish Council and placed on this website. If the decision is to refuse to designate the Plan Area, then the District Council will also publish its reasons for making that decision.

Designated Neighbourhood Areas

For more information on the Lavant Neighbourhood Development Plan please see the South Downs National Park Authority - Lavant Neighbourhood Plan  website.

 For more information on the Petworth Neighbourhood Development Plan please see the South Downs National Park Authority - Petworth Neighbourhood Plan  website.