Conservation Area Character Appraisals help residents and the council to understand the history of an area and why it is special. They help shape future developments and planning policies, as well as giving residents an idea of what enhancements could be made. With respect to conservation areas within the South Downs National Park, the National Park Authority has taken over responsibility for preparing conservation area character appraisals. Copies of the appraisal documents are available to be viewed and downloaded.

Planning policies and permitted development rights are subject to change and it is always advisable to check with the Development Management Team before undertaking any works to your property.

Conservation Area Appraisals currently under review

Several conservation area appraisals are currently under review including;

  • Westbourne
  • Fishbourne
  • Selsey
  • Old Selsey

The Westbourne Conservation Area Appraisal has been reviewed and will be put out to public consultation on Friday 8 April for a period of four weeks.

Current consultation - Westbourne Character Appraisal

What is the consultation about?

We're inviting people to share their views on updates to our Westbourne Conservation Area Character Appraisal, as part of a public consultation that will run from 9am 5 April until midnight on 6 May 2022.

Conservation area appraisals are really important as they describe the character, heritage and significance of a local area, capturing why it is special and how it can be protected. Each appraisal also outlines the boundary of the conservation area; makes recommendations on enhancements; and has an important role in helping to shape future development and planning policies.

We regularly review character appraisals for the conservation areas in our district, and we are now asking for people's views on the updated Westbourne appraisal.

What is different about the updated Westbourne Character Appraisal?

We have recently reviewed the Westbourne appraisal and have updated the wording to reflect changes to policy, legislation as well changes to areas that deal with renewables and design.

One key update is that we have identified another area of special architectural and historic significance — Westbourne Cemetery — and are proposing to expand the boundary of the conservation area to cover this. You can find out more information about this in section 2.9 of the appraisal.

View the updated Westbourne Character Appraisal

You can view the updated Westbourne Conservation Area Character Appraisal:

Printed copies will also be made available at Westbourne Parish Hall and St Marks Church.

How can I have my say?

As part of this consultation, we're keen to hear as many views as possible and would encourage residents, local community groups, businesses and partners to have their say.

Responses must be received before midnight on 6 May.

You can send us your comments by emailing: Emails must be clearly marked as a consultation response in the subject field.

Alternatively, you can post your comments before midnight on 6 May to:

Owen Broadway
Chichester District Council
East Pallant House
West Sussex, PO19 1TY

What happens after the consultation?

All of the comments we receive as part of this consultation will be thoroughly reviewed and if changes are justified the document will be updated.