Local Plan: wrong numbers.
The Chichester District Council (CDC) has prepared a draft Local Plan open for consultation from 22 March.
We strongly object to the proposal for building 395 houses per year from 2012 to 2029. The CDC has disobeyed the requirements of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) para 159, which says: "Local planning authorities should have a clear understanding of housing needs in their area. They should: prepare a Strategic Housing Market Assessment." (SHMA). This means that the CDC should produce a new SHMA for "their area". But they have not done so. Local needs have been ignored, as also have the sustainability requirements of the NPPF paras 7 to 10 .
Instead, in November 2012 the CDC "updated" the 2009 Coastal West Sussex SHMA to perpetuate the original top-down assessment used by the regional government in Guildford (SEERA, now abolished), to produce the sub-regional housing numbers of the South East Plan extending to Worthing, of which the Chichester District was only a part. They had no authority to alter that regional document. The DCLG's revocation of the South East Plan, now on 25 March, means that our draft Local Plan needs to alter its housing figures urgently by using a new SHMA, with the Local Plan based on it, and running from 2013 to 2029. That should produce bottom-up figures based on local data regarding, housing lists, job centre vacancies, and local business requirements etc. As the deaths still exceed births in the District, there will be a need for some degree of in-migration, within local constraints, for first time buyers, local people wanting to move or others coming to work here. The new SHMA should be short (not 262 pages ). The new Local Plan should also be short and simple (not 201 pages with 54 policies). There is already plenty of guidance in the NPPF, the Localism Act, and the DCLG guidance papers. Under the simplified planning system, there is no reason why the Local Plan should take as long as a year.
Richard Hill, Chairman, Chichester District (South) Committee of CPRE Sussex
Almodington Glasshouses Appeal
The appeal was, to our relief, dismissed. However the area south of Chichester is a favoured location for horticulture for climatic reasons. This contributes to the local economy and is to be welcomed in the right place. For the same reason we have had two applications to build solar arrays, one at Tangmere and one at Selsey, which we are challenging as an intrusion into the countryside.
Chichester Local Plan
Our Local Plan is dated 1999 and the new one will not appear until late 2014. This invites opportunistic applications. At the time of writing there are piecemeal proposals for building 1085 houses on 13 sites in clusters of between 25 and 500 units. Among the threats to the countryside around Chichester are proposals which include developments to fill the “strategic gap” between Summersdale and Lavant and the green fields between the City boundary and the Goodwood motor circuit. One might also predict pressure to extend the Horticultural Development Area.
Active support needed!
We need the active support of all local members throughout Chichester District. Autumn Open Meeting An open meeting is planned (and may have taken place by the time you read this) for members in both halves of the District, partly to introduce our new Director, and partly to help monitor the Local Plan which will affect us all.
If you care about preserving the unique character of our District, make yourself known by ringing or emailing me on telephone 01243 779359
17 August 2012
CPRE Sussex is delighted that, after a lengthy enquiry, permission to construct 50 acres of glasshouses at Easton Farm on the Manhood Peninsula has been refused.
13 July 2012
CPRE Sussex CT continues to fight a proposal for an enormous glasshouse complex at Almodington on the Manhood Peninsula. It is obvious that this proposal will be a significant intrusion into the landscape and will generate a great deal of heavy lorry movement in an area of quiet country lanes and already congested access to the A27. The decision date for the Easton Farm appeal, also known as the Manhood Peninsula /Madestein appeal, has now been set to August 13.
CPRE Sussex CT continues to fight a proposal for an enormous glasshouse complex at Almodington on the Manhood Peninsula. It is obvious that this proposal will be a significant intrusion into the landscape and will generate a great deal of heavy lorry movement in an area of quiet country lanes and already congested access to the A27.