The site, at Tangmere, is one of Chichester District Council's Strategic Development Locations and has been identified for 1,000 homes, including 30 per cent affordable housing, plus a wealth of community facilities. This will go towards delivering the housing requirement set out in the council's adopted Local Plan. The site also has the support of Tangmere Parish council and is part of its Neighbourhood Plan. In September 2018 a development partner, Countryside Properties, was selected to help deliver the project.

"We are committed to delivering these much-needed homes, but despite discussions between our council and landowners/promoters over the last few years, this key site has not come forward as anticipated," says Councillor Susan Taylor, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Planning at Chichester District Council. "As a result of this we felt there was a strong justification for considering the possibility of a Compulsory Purchase Order as a way of progressing the situation. Our officers have done everything they can to enable the landowners / promoters to reach a voluntary agreement, but unfortunately this has not happened and we feel that a CPO is now the only way to resolve the situation."

Work on CPO process was paused earlier this year following the coronavirus pandemic.

At today's meeting (Tuesday September 8) Chichester District Council's Cabinet recommended to Full Council that it approves a CPO. Councillors will make the final decision at their meeting on Tuesday 22 September 2020.

Date: 9 September 2020
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