The council's Cabinet will hold a special meeting on Wednesday 14 November and will be recommended to approve the next steps of the review to Full Council.

Councillors will be asked to approve the Local Plan Review: Preferred Approach document for public consultation.  It sets out the council's proposed planning strategy for the period up to 2035, including the amount and location of proposed development.

The Local Plan does not include areas within the South Downs National Park. These areas are subject to a separate plan undertaken by the South Downs National Park Authority (SDNPA).

Members of the public are able to access all the meeting documents - including the draft plan.

If the recommendation is approved by Cabinet, then Full Council will make the final decision at its meeting on 20 November. If Full Council agrees, the consultation would take place over eight weeks, starting 13 December and ending on 7 February - an extended time to take account of the Christmas and New Year period.

The Local Plan Review would cover 15 years, until 2035.

"Our current Local Plan was approved by a Government planning inspector in 2015, on the basis that we agreed to review it again within five years," explains Councillor Susan Taylor, Cabinet Member for Planning at Chichester District Council. "This was because the inspector felt that we would need to accommodate more housing in the long term. Since then, the Government has changed the way it calculates future housing needs and we are now expected to take more housing within our area."

The draft plan sets out provision for a total of 12,350 dwellings over the plan period, which equates to 650 per year. A number of key sites and housing numbers have been identified as follows:

  • East of Chichester: minimum 600 dwellings.
  • Southern Gateway: minimum 350 dwellings.
  • Land south west of Chichester: minimum of 100 dwellings and employment development.
  • Land at Highgrove Farm, Bosham: minimum of 250 dwellings.
  • Land at North Park Farm, Selsey: minimum of 250 dwellings.
  • Land west of Tangmere: minimum of 1,300 dwellings (an additional 300 dwellings above the allocation in the adopted local plan).

A minimum of 2,500 homes would be provided on strategic sites through Neighbourhood Plans:

  • Chidham and Hambrook parish: minimum of 500 dwellings.
  • East Wittering Parish: minimum of 350 dwellings.
  • Fishbourne Parish: minimum of 200 dwellings.
  • Hunston Parish: minimum of 200 dwellings.
  • Southbourne Parish: minimum of 1,250 dwellings.

The plan also sets out a number of smaller parish housing requirements where there is no strategic allocation. It is anticipated that the land will be identified in neighbourhood plans for those parishes.

The plan proposes significant provision for new employment floor space. This would equate to more than 230,000 square metres for the period up to 2035. Around 2.4 hectares of employment land would be provided on land at Chichester Business Park, Tangmere.

The council has commissioned a transport study to look at the impact development will have on the road network and suggest measures to mitigate this impact. This will be available alongside the Local Plan Review: Preferred Approach. This includes proposed works to junctions on the A27 Chichester Bypass. 

This is a different and separate set of proposals to those that have previously been the subject of consultation by Highways England and discussion by the Build A Better A27 group, which dealt with wider traffic and congestion issues rather than solely mitigating the impact of development within the Local Plan Review.

Date of Release: 6 November 2018                          

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