What is the draft Interim Policy Statement for Housing?

  • Chichester District Council is bringing forward an Interim Policy Statement for Housing, which will guide development in the Local Plan area until the Local Plan Review is adopted.
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • On 3 June 2020, the Planning Committee approved the draft Interim Policy Statement and we are now inviting members of the public to give their views on this document in a public consultation.

Why is this needed?

  • 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
  • We are currently reviewing our Local Plan, which was adopted in 2015 to help control and shape development, and to provide much needed housing, in our area.
  • Due to the complex issues in the Local Plan Review area, we asked the Government for more time to complete this review.
  • While an extension wasn't possible, we have received a range of helpful support. In addition, we have been reassured that by taking more time to ensure a strong evidence base for our plan, and to work with our local communities to identify the best options, we should be able to access a quicker examination process and more importantly, deliver the right approach for the Chichester Local Plan area.
  • This, combined with the disruption caused by the Covid-19 pandemic — which will affect the production of Local Plans and the delivery of development — means that it is important to bring forward an Interim Policy Statement to guide development.
  • This Interim Policy Statement for Housing will also help achieve the planning system's requirements for a five year supply of land. This requirement asks that enough development sites are available over the coming five years to ensure that the housing needs of an area is met.

How can I get involved in the draft Interim Policy Statement consultation?

  • We are currently running a consultation so that people can tell us their thoughts on the draft Interim Policy Statement for Housing Development.
  • The statement is a technical document, but everyone is welcome to respond to this consultation.
  • The consultation is open for a period of 4 weeks from 12 June 2020 until 10 July 2020
  • You can get involved in three ways:
  1. View the draft Interim Policy Statement, then email us your comments to planningpolicy@chichester.gov.uk, or
    write to us at: the Planning Policy Team, Chichester District Council, East Pallant House, 1 East Pallant, Chichester, West Sussex, PO19 1TY
  2. View and comment on the draft interim Policy Statement through our consultation portal.

    View the Local Plan Consultation Portal

  3. Request a hard copy of the document by emailing planningpolicy@chichester.gov.uk, or
    write to us at: the Planning Policy Team, Chichester District Council, East Pallant House, 1 East Pallant, Chichester, West Sussex, PO19 1TY

       You can then comment by either email/post or through the portal.

Where can I find supporting documents?

The adopted and emerging plan policies and evidence base are available to view:

How should I write my comments?

When writing your comments, it might be helpful to know that you can:  

  • comment on a particular section, paragraph or criteria in the document (please specify which section, paragraph or criteria you are commenting on)
  • suggest new text or wording in the document
  • suggest the removal of text to simplify the wording

All comments received during the consultation period be publicly available. Your comments will be identifiable by name and organisation where applicable.

Please note: The consultation is not for recommending new development sites, so please do not submit any development proposals. If you would like to discuss a site you own or are promoting, please:

Any personal information is processed by Chichester District Council in line with the General Data Protection Regulations 2018. More information is available on our data protection page.

Where can I find further information about the Local Plan Review?