Work done to date:

Stage

Description

Stage 1 - Summer 2017

We invited you to complete a questionnaire in June 2017, to help us develop our Preferred Approach. These responses have helped us to draft the next stage of the plan.

Stage 2 - Winter 2018/Early 2019

We invited you to comment on the Local Plan: Preferred Approach. We also asked other interested parties such as developers and authorities responsible for roads, health and education services to provide us with feedback.

Stage 3 - Mid-late 2019

We considered the responses to the consultation. A report to Council in December 2019 set out the main issues raised on part 1 of the Plan - Strategic policies and allocations and a way forward was considered.

The next steps on the basis of the best advice available (July 2020). The Council is currently undertaking a full review of progress and will be bringing forward a formal review of the timetable in the Local Development Scheme in the Autumn.

StageDescriptionWhat needs to happen for the Plan to progress to the next stage

Stage 4 - Further evidence                           

Spring/Summer 2020

Further work on key areas such as development needs, land availability, the options for the A27, waste water capacity and nitrates in Chichester Harbour.

This requires support from key organisations, including Statutory agencies such as Highways England, the Environment Agency and Natural England; landowners providing sufficient information on potential development sites; and infrastructure providers such as Southern Water.

Stage 5 - Considering options

Autumn 2020

Considering options to meet development needs.

Sufficient progress needs to be made on technical studies for land availability and development constraints to inform a revised development strategy, considering further the level and location of new development.

Stage 6 - Testing strategy

Autumn/Winter 2020

Further work to test implications of emerging development strategy.

This requires support from key organisations, including Statutory agencies such as Highways England, the Environment Agency and Natural England; landowners providing sufficient information on potential development sites; and infrastructure providers such as West Sussex County Council and Southern Water.

Stage 7 - Publishing the Plan

Spring 2021

Publishing the Plan for all parties to make further comments.

Sufficient progress needs to be made to confirm that the Plan is supported and justified by evidence and that a robust, sound plan can be submitted to Government.

Stage 8 - Submitting the Plan                              

Late Spring 2021

Submitting the Plan to Government, at which point the Examination of the Plan is directed by an independent Planning Inspector.

To enable the Plan to be submitted, no significant new issues have arisen following publication of the Plan.