Chichester District Council is bringing forward an Interim Policy Statement, which will guide development in the Local Plan area until the Local Plan Review is adopted.

This policy 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).

The statement draws together adopted and emerging Local Plan policies to outline the types of new residential development that the council would support for the area. This will help potential applicants to understand the sorts of proposals that would be considered appropriate.

"Planning affects many areas of our lives, from where we live and work to the development of new community facilities and retail areas. It also protects our historic buildings and natural environment," says Councillor Susan Taylor, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Planning at Chichester District Council.

"The government requires all Planning Authorities to have a five year supply of land for housing. By introducing an Interim Policy Statement, we can control and shape the development of this much needed housing in the period leading up to the adoption of the Local Plan Review.

"We are encouraging residents and businesses across the district to share their views on the draft statement, which will go live on Friday 12 June and will run for four weeks until 10 July 2020."

People will be able to view and comment on the draft statement by visiting Interim position statement for housing from 12 June.

Date of release: 8 June 2020

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