Inquiry update

The council has now received the Inspector's decision. The Chichester District Council (Tangmere) Compulsory Purchase Order 2021 has been confirmed subject to the modification to remove part of Plot 8 from the Order.

The Inspector's decision is available to view:

The Council has published the Notice of Confirmation for a 6 week period from 23 December 2021. The notice can be found in the Chichester Observer (date 23 December), on the land, and hard copies can be inspected at the Council offices at East Pallant House. For Council office opening times, please view the Notice of Confirmation below. The Confirmed Order and Order Map are also available to view:

Public inquiry

A public inquiry to consider the Compulsory Purchase Order was held virtually on Tuesday 7 September, Wednesday 8 September and Thursday 9 September 2021. The Inquiry documents are available to view.

Inquiry documents

Inquiry documents

Inquiry document number

Inquiry document


word icon Chichester Pre-CMC Note [64kb]

ID/2word icon Public Notice of Inquiry [95kb]
ID/3word icon Notice of Inquiry Date [56kb]
ID/4word icon Chichester CMC Summary [60kb]
ID/5pdf icon ID/5 Bundle of Open Correspondence referred to in Appendix AF1 [13Mb]
ID/6pdf icon ID/6 Tangmere Sponsor Board Meeting Minutes [2Mb]
ID/7pdf icon ID/7 Tangmere Steering Group Meeting Minutes [2Mb]
ID/8word icon Public Inquiry Draft Working Programme [81kb]
ID/9pdf icon Second Supplemental Agreement - Tangmere - 6 Sept 2021 - Updated [2Mb]
ID/10pdf icon Status of Objections on 6 September 2021 [121kb]
ID/10Aword icon Status of Objections on 6 September 2021 Update [25kb]
ID/11pdf icon Bundle of Documents 75, 76, 77, 78, 79, 81, 82, 85 & 86 referred to in Appendix AF1 [1Mb]
ID/12pdf icon ID12 Open correspondence (MB, DWD and CPUK) [5Mb]
ID/13pdf icon ID13 Opening submissions of the AA [224kb]
ID/14pdf icon ID14 List of Appearances for the AA [90kb]
ID/15pdf icon ID15 Tangmere CPO - Compliance Letter [193kb]
ID/16pdf icon ID16 Tangmere Neighbourhood Plan 2014 2029 [2Mb]
ID/17word icon ID17 Schedule of Occupiers & Plot Uses [28kb]
ID/18pdf icon ID18 Position Statement concerning the modification of Plot 8 [241kb]
ID/19pdf icon ID19 Final Consultation Response from Historic England dated 3 February 2021 [111kb]
ID/20pdf icon ID20 Housing Delivery Test 2020 Measurement [712kb]
ID/21pdf icon ID21 Open Space Proposals adjacent to 113 Cheshire Crescent [7Mb]
ID/21Apdf icon ID21A Framework Masterplan Showing Location of 113 Cheshire Crescent [1Mb]
ID/22pdf icon ID22 Undertaking from the AA to Tangmere Medical Centre [233kb]
ID/23pdf icon ID23 Closing Submissions of the Acquiring Authority [348kb]
ID/24word icon ID24 to Tangmere Medical Centre Response to ID22 [53kb]
ID/25word icon ID25 Draft Agreement from Ashurst – Heaver Plots 15, 16 and 17 [46kb]

Acquiring authority's evidence

Acquiring authority evidence document number

Acquiring authority evidence document


pdf icon Statement of Andrew Frost [319kb]


pdf icon Appendix AF1 to the Statement of Andrew Frost [258kb]


pdf icon Summary Statement of Andrew Frost [126kb]


pdf icon Statement of Hannah Chivers [236kb]


pdf icon Appendix HC1 to the Statement of Hannah Chivers [302kb]


pdf icon Summary Statement of Hannah Chivers [116kb]


pdf icon Statement of Martin Leach [139kb]


pdf icon Appendix ML1 to the Statement of Martin Leach [641kb]


pdf icon Appendix ML2 to the Statement of Martin Leach [1Mb]


pdf icon Statement of Gerard Denning [575kb]


pdf icon Appendix GD1 to the Statement of Gerard Denning [264kb]


pdf icon Appendix GD2 to the Statement of Gerard Denning [203kb]


pdf icon Summary Statement of Gerard Denning [209kb]

AA/14pdf icon Statement of Peter Roberts [229kb]

Objector's evidence

Objector evidence document numberObjector evidence document
OE/1pdf icon Proof of Evidence of Matthew Bodley [787kb]
OE/2pdf icon Appendices to Proof of Evidence of Matthew Bodley [1Mb]
OE/3pdf icon Summary Proof of Matthew Bodley [514kb]
OE/4pdf icon Proof of Evidence of Alexander Gillington [1Mb]
OE/5pdf icon Summary Proof of Alexander Gillington [169kb]
OE/6pdf icon Proof of Evidence of Pauline Roberts [246kb]
OE/7pdf icon Summary Proof of Pauline Roberts [206kb]
OE/8pdf icon Letter to SoS - CS East Limited [68kb]
OE/9pdf icon Letter to SoS - CS South Limited [68kb]
OE/10pdf icon Letter to SoS - Denton Co [68kb]
OE/11pdf icon Letter to SoS - Heavers [68kb]
OE/12pdf icon Letter to SoS - Tangmere Medical Centre [67kb]
OE/13pdf icon Letter to SoS - Temple Bar [69kb]
OE/14pdf icon Proof of Evidence of Jonathan Stott [648kb]

Withdrawal of Objections

Withdrawal of Objection Document NumberWithdrawal of Objection Document
WD/1pdf icon Andrew John Pitts - CPO Objection Withdrawal Letter [30kb]
WD/2pdf icon Bloor - CPO Objection Withdrawal Letter [212kb]
WD/3pdf icon Church Commissioners for England - CPO Objection Withdrawal Letter [26kb]
WD/4pdf icon Pitts Family - CPO Objection Withdrawal Letter [287kb]
WD/5pdf icon Saxon Meadow Tangmere Ltd - CPO Objection Withdrawal Letter [138kb]
WD/6pdf icon Seaward Properties - CPO Objection Withdrawal Letter [60kb]
WD/7pdf icon Southern Gas Networks - CPO Objection Withdrawal Letter [17kb]

Statement of case

On 15 March 2021, the Council submitted its Statement of Case to the Planning Inspectorate. The Statement of Case and its appendices can be viewed below.

The Statement of Case references a number of Core Documents, which are available to view below:

Core Document List

Core document number

Core document

CD/1Chichester District Council (Tangmere) Compulsory Purchase Order 2020
CD/2Order Map
CD/3Statement of Reasons

Statement of Case

See above for appendices


Press Notices

CD/8Cabinet Report to Full Council and Resolutions
CD/10National Planning Policy Framework
CD/11Local Plan - Chichester Local Plan Key Policies 2012 - 2029
CD/12Emerging Local Plan - Chichester Local Plan Review Preferred Approach
CD/15Planning Committee Reports Pack and Update Sheet 31 March 2021
CD/15Minutes for 31 March 2021 and 7 April 2021 Planning Committee
CD/17TSDL Masterplan Document November 2019

Making the order

On 28 October 2020, the Council formally made the Tangmere Compulsory Purchase Order. The Order was submitted to the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government for confirmation in November 2020. The Order documents are available to view below:

For anyone unable to view the documents online, electronic or hard copies can be provided to you upon request by emailing


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

The Outline Planning Application was submitted to the council in November 2020 and was presented to Planning Committee on 31 March 2021 where Members agreed with the Officer's recommendation to grant outline permission subject to withdrawal of Highways England technical holding objection, and subjection to completion of the Section 106 Agreement. The Outline Application can be viewed on the council's planning applications webpage, using the planning reference 20/02893/OUT.