Public inquiry

The council has been notified that a public inquiry will be held to consider the Compulsory Purchase Order.

A Case Management Conference will be held virtually on Tuesday 20 July 2021 at 10am.

The Inquiry will subsequently commence in virtual format on Tuesday 7 September.

The sitting days will be:

  • Tuesday 7 September;
  • Wednesday 8 September;
  • Thursday 9 September;
  • Tuesday 14 September;
  • Wednesday 15 September; and,
  • Thursday 16 September

This webpage will be updated with further details in due course.

Inquiry documents

Inquiry documents

Inquiry document number

Inquiry document

word icon Chichester Pre-CMC Note [73kb]

ID/2word icon Public Notice of Inquiry [95kb]
ID/3word icon Notice of Inquiry Date [79kb]
ID/4word icon Chichester CMC Summary [63kb]

Statement of case

On 15 March 2021, the Council submitted its Statement of Case to the Planning Inspectorate. The Statement of Case and its appendices can be viewed below.

The Statement of Case references a number of Core Documents, which are available to view below:

Core Document List

Core document number

Core document
CD/1Chichester District Council (Tangmere) Compulsory Purchase Order 2020
CD/2Order Map
CD/3Statement of Reasons

Statement of Case

See above for appendices


Press Notices

CD/6Specimen Notice of Making of the Order served on Owners
CD/7Speciment Site Notice advertising Making of the Order
CD/8Cabinet Report to Full Council and Resolutions
CD/10National Planning Policy Framework
CD/11Local Plan - Chichester Local Plan Key Policies 2012 - 2029
CD/12Emerging Local Plan - Chichester Local Plan Review Preferred Approach

Making the order

On 28 October 2020, the Council formally made the Tangmere Compulsory Purchase Order. The Order was submitted to the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government for confirmation in November 2020. The Order documents are available to view below:

For anyone unable to view the documents online, electronic or hard copies can be provided to you upon request by emailing


The Tangmere Strategic Development Location (TSDL) is allocated in Policy 18 of the adopted Chichester Local Plan: Key Policies 2014-2029, to deliver a:

  • residential-led,
  • mixed-use development comprising residential dwellings,
  • an expanded village centre,
  • community facilities,
  • education facilities,
  • open space,
  • and green infrastructure 

Policy 7 (Masterplanning Strategic Development) in the adopted Local Plan requires that all of the Strategic Development Locations are comprehensively masterplanned. The 'made' Tangmere Neighbourhood Plan identifies a specific set of strategic development principles for the development of the site, with a "one-village" aspiration to integrate the new development with the existing village.

These documents identify various infrastructure requirements that the TSDL is expected to deliver, both on and off-site, including (amongst others) an on-site primary school and early years' provision; new or expanded community facilities; small-scale business uses; a north-south link road joining the A27 grade separated junction to the north with Tangmere Road to the south; provision for enhanced bus services; and new public open space provision.

The council has sought to encourage delivery of comprehensive development of the TSDL by the existing landowners over a number of years, but no material progress has been made. As a result of the lack of progress made to deliver the site comprehensively, the council has sought to make use of its compulsory purchase powers.

Compulsory purchase order

Under Section 226(1)(a) of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 (as amended), a local authority may be authorised to acquire compulsorily any land within its area, if it considers that the acquisition will facilitate the carrying out of development, redevelopment of improvement on or in relation to the land. Compulsory purchase powers are an important tool to help acquiring authorities with planning powers to assemble land where this is necessary to implement proposals within its Local Plan or where strong planning justifications for the use of the power exists.

The council's purpose in acquiring the land is to facilitate and bring comprehensive strategic housing development on the TSDL, in order to ensure certainty over the delivery of the requisite infrastructure requirements.

Through a competitive tender process, Countryside Properties (UK) Ltd (Countryside) was selected as the council's development partner to bring forward and facilitate the residential-led development of the TSDL.


In accordance with a strategy agreed by the council, Countryside has sought to acquire the various interests in the land by agreement, and will continue to do so in parallel with any CPO made by the council.

The council has prepared a Tangmere Communications and Engagement Plan which sets out the council intends to continue to engage with parties through the CPO process and the planning process.

Guidance on compulsory purchase and compensation

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government has prepared guidance for the compulsory purchase process, which is available below. Guidance is also available which explains how the compulsory purchase system works, and the compensation process

Planning matters

A Planning Performance Agreement (PPA) between the council and Countryside was signed on 15 May 2019. The PPA provides for the provision of pre-application advice, masterplan preparation and the timely consideration of an outline planning application for the TSDL.

The Masterplan for the TSDL was endorsed by the council's Planning Committee on 8 January 2020.The Masterplan can be viewed on the council's planning applications webpage, using the planning reference 19/02836/MAS.

The Outline Planning Application was submitted to the council in November 2020 and was presented to Planning Committee on 31 March 2021 where Members agreed with the Officer's recommendation to grant outline permission subject to withdrawal of Highways England technical holding objection, and subjection to completion of the Section 106 Agreement. The Outline Application can be viewed on the council's planning applications webpage, using the planning reference 20/02893/OUT.