I am asked to concentrate on a summary of my 5 page objections to the housing numbers in our draft Local Plan. This is really about two words: “ Strategic Planning”, which sounds boring , which it is, until a disaster caused by it becomes too obvious to ignore. I refer to the appallingly excessive housing demands of the Chichester District Council (CDC) for building 3550 houses by 2029, including 1000 West of the city, 1000 at Tangmere, 500 at Westhampnet etc. The interesting part is my assessment of how this has wrongly happened, so I will mention that first, and give a few reasons. For my full assessment, any CPRE member who wishes, can supply me with an e-mail address to cause 5 pages to be sent back in return.
Lavant Strategic Gap
Application to build 92 houses on greenfield site is threatening the Strategic Gap between South Downs villages of Lavant & Chichester.
St Cuthman's School / Durand Academy
Plans to increase use of the old school site in Woolbeding from a hundred to approximately a six hundred and fifty pupil school. Fears that a commendable idea has been inadequately thought through by all concerned including the Government, and that the choice of an inappropriate site has been made when other more suitable sites are available for evaluation.
Council Meetings attended in support of objections to delivery & processing of 980,000 tons of waste over 5 years, with impact upon a rural village, narrow lanes used by walkers, and views from SDNP. Syngenta. Ongoing.
Sparkes Farm (Ebernoe Common)
Concern re impact of proposed equestrian centre visually and upon public walkways in an unspoiled rural area on land to south of Lake House. On hold. Weavers Down (Milland Parish). New golf course proposed, with associated destructive ecological impact.