• Q:

    What is the Southern Gateway Masterplan?

    A:

    The masterplan is a planning document that sets out the basis on which the area can be comprehensively regenerated. The project involves regenerating the Southern Gateway area of Chichester city which includes: the bus station and depot; law courts Royal Mail depot; former police station playing fields; Basin Road car park; and some former high school buildings. The masterplan also includes land to the east of Stockbridge Road (Network Rail and former HMRC offices).

  • Q:

    What is the purpose of a masterplan?

    A:

    A masterplan takes an overview of a development area, and sets out the general principles for how that area should be developed and the range of building uses, densities and heights that are acceptable. As the scheme takes shape, detailed planning applications will be submitted and the public will have the opportunity to have their say.

  • Q:

    Isn't the Southern Gateway Masterplan the same as the Chichester Vision?

    A:

    No. The Chichester Vision is looking ahead for the whole city for the next 20 years while the Southern Gateway Masterplan focuses on regenerating the southern area of the city only. It is a specific project that will help to implement some of the ambitions in the Chichester Vision.

  • Q:

    Who was responsible for drawing up the masterplan?

    A:

    Planning consultants, David Locke Associates were commissioned to analyse options working with officers from across the council. Other representatives involved include West Sussex County Council, Homes England and Peter Brett Associates, which undertook the transport appraisal. The masterplan was formally adopted by the district council in November 2017.

  • Q:

    How did you consult with people on the masterplan?

    A:

    We held a six-week public consultation from 29 June 2017 until 10 August 2017. People were invited to read all the relevant documents and submit their comments.

  • Q:

    What happened at the end of this consultation?

    A:

    All comments submitted were then gathered and taken into account as part of the preparation of the final Southern Gateway Masterplan.

  • Q:

    When was the final masterplan approved?

    A:

    Your elected members considered the representations made as part of the consultation. Our Cabinet recommended that the draft masterplan be adopted at Full Council on 21 November 2017, along with the implementation plan. Full Council adopted the masterplan and implementation plan. This is now a supplementary planning document.

  • Q:

    What is a Supplementary Planning Document?

    A:

    Supplementary Planning Documents are statutory documents, and add further detail to the policies in our Local Plan. They can be used to provide further guidance for development on specific sites, or on particular issues, such as design. Supplementary planning documents are capable of being a material consideration in planning decisions, but are not part of the development plan.