Update 30/06/2020

The council has been keeping the situation with regard to the Tangmere Strategic Development Location under review as the COVID 19 situation has evolved. The council has considered all relevant and recently published Government Guidance as well as the practical and legal considerations associated with the making of a Compulsory Purchase Order. Taking this into account, the council considers that it is now appropriate to re-commence its plans to make a Compulsory Purchase Order in respect of the Tangmere SDL. The council will continue with all appropriate engagement and will work towards making the Compulsory Purchase Order as soon as reasonably possible.


The Tangmere Strategic Development Location (TSDL) is allocated in Policy 18 of the adopted Chichester Local Plan: Key Policies 2014-2029, to deliver a:

  • residential-led,
  • mixed-use development comprising residential dwellings,
  • an expanded village centre,
  • community facilities,
  • education facilities,
  • open space,
  • and green infrastructure 

Policy 7 (Masterplanning Strategic Development) in the adopted Local Plan requires that all of the Strategic Development Locations are comprehensively masterplanned. The 'made' Tangmere Neighbourhood Plan identifies a specific set of strategic development principles for the development of the site, with a "one-village" aspiration to integrate the new development with the existing village.

These documents identify various infrastructure requirements that the TSDL is expected to deliver, both on and off-site, including (amongst others) an on-site primary school and early years' provision; new or expanded community facilities; small-scale business uses; a north-south link road joining the A27 grade separated junction to the north with Tangmere Road to the south; provision for enhanced bus services; and new public open space provision.

The council has sought to encourage delivery of comprehensive development of the TSDL by the existing landowners over a number of years, but no material progress has been made. As a result of the lack of progress made to deliver the site comprehensively, the council has sought to make use of its compulsory purchase powers.

Compulsory Purchase Order

Under Section 226(1)(a) of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 (as amended), a local authority may be authorised to acquire compulsorily any land within its area, if it considers that the acquisition will facilitate the carrying out of development, redevelopment of improvement on or in relation to the land. Compulsory purchase powers are an important tool to help acquiring authorities with planning powers to assemble land where this is necessary to implement proposals within its Local Plan or where strong planning justifications for the use of the power exists.

The council's purpose in acquiring the land is to facilitate and bring comprehensive strategic housing development on the TSDL, in order to ensure certainty over the delivery of the requisite infrastructure requirements.

Through a competitive tender process, Countryside Properties (UK) Ltd (Countryside) was selected as the council's development partner to bring forward and facilitate the residential-led development of the TSDL.


In accordance with a strategy agreed by the council, Countryside has sought to acquire the various interests in the land by agreement, and will continue to do so in parallel with any CPO made by the council.

The council has prepared a Tangmere Communications and Engagement Plan which sets out the council intends to continue to engage with parties through the CPO process and the planning process.


Guidance on compulsory purchase and compensation

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government has prepared guidance for the compulsory purchase process, which is available below. Guidance is also available which explains how the compulsory purchase system works, and the compensation process

Planning matters

A Planning Performance Agreement (PPA) between the council and Countryside was signed on 15 May 2019. The PPA provides for the provision of pre-application advice, masterplan preparation and the timely consideration of an outline planning application for the TSDL.

The Masterplan for the TSDL was endorsed by the council's Planning Committee on 8 January 2020, and an outline planning application for the TSDL is expected to be received by the Council in April 2020.

The Masterplan can be viewed on the council's planning applications webpage, using the planning referencing 19/02836/MAS.