Neighbourhood planning is a way for local communities to decide the future of their areas. Successful Neighbourhood Plans will form part of the development plan used by Chichester District Council in determining planning applications.

The Localism Act (2011) gave powers to local communities and parish and town councils to produce Neighbourhood Plans. The Neighbourhood Planning Regulations (2012) set out the stages of producing a Neighbourhood Plan.

There are links from this page to a number of guidance documents that give more detail on the Neighbourhood Plan process and how the District Council can help community groups that are looking to produce a Neighbourhood Plan.

Guidance documents include:

Neighbourhood Planning in the South Downs National Park

There are a number of Chichester District parishes that are now either wholly or partly within the South Downs National Park. Where any neighbourhood planning work is being considered  within these parishes further details are available on their website. .

Birdham Neighbourhood Plan

The Birdham Neighbourhood Plan has been compiled by local residents and the Parish Council. It establishes a vision for the evolution and long-term sustainability of Birdham Parish and village over the period 2014-2029. The plan sets out a vision for the future of the parish and planning policies which will be used to determine planning applications locally.

The Parish of Birdham covers an area of around 696 hectares located to the south west of Chichester on the Manhood Peninsula. It is a uniquely situated harbour-side village that lies within the Chichester Harbour Area of Outstanding Beauty and close proximity to Pagham Harbour and Medmerry compensatory habitat.

Following Cabinet on the 7 June 2016, at the Council meeting on 19 July 2016, Chichester District Council resolved to 'Make' the Birdham Neighbourhood Development Plan. This means that the Birdham Neighbourhood Development Plan has been brought into legal force, and forms part of the statutory Development Plan for Birdham. Consequently, decisions on whether or not to grant planning permission in Birdham will need to be made in accordance with the Birdham Neighbourhood Development Plan, unless material considerations indicate otherwise.

Referendum

The Birdham Neighbourhood Plan referendum was held on 5 May 2016, 90% of voters on the day said "Yes" to the Birdham Neighbourhood Plan.

Examination

Janet Cheesley has been appointed as the Examiner for the Birdham Neighbourhood Plan. The examiner's final report has been received and is published below. Chichester District Council has now published its Decision Statement as agreed by Cabinet on 9 February 2016.

At the request of the examiner, the council wrote to all those who submitted representations as part of the Regulation 16 consultation to ask if their original representation(s) still stand or if there are any amendments to be made in the light of the council's statement on the adoption of the new Local Plan. Responses were requested no later than Monday 7 September 2015 and are available:

Publication (Regulation 16)

The Birdham Parish Neighbourhood Plan was published for consultation according to Regulation 16 of the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012 from 11 December 2014 to 12 February 2015.

Pre-submission (Regulation 14)

The Birdham Parish Neighbourhood Plan was published for consultation according to Regulation 14 of the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012 from 9 June 2014 to 21 July 2014. For more information please visit the Birdham Parish Council  website.

 

Bosham Neighbourhood Plan

The Bosham Parish Neighbourhood Plan  has been produced by a Project Team appointed by  and  reporting  to  the Parish Council and  as  a  result  of  the  careful  consideration  of  numerous  consultation exercises  and  responses  from  the  community  and  a  wide  variety  of  local  stakeholders.  Detailed consideration  has  also  been  given  to  numerous  evidential  sources  including  local  survey information and higher level planning policies and guidance. This work has been undertaken with the  assistance  of  the  Bosham  Association  and  community  volunteers  and  with  the  advice  and support of the CDC and the Chichester Harbour Conservancy. The  BPNP  reflects  community  wide  observations,  comments,  concerns  and  aspirations  about planning, development and related issues for the period up until 2029.

Following Council meeting on 22 November 2016, Chichester District Council resolved to 'Make' the Bosham Parish Neighbourhood Development Plan. This means that the Bosham Parish Neighbourhood Development Plan has been brought into legal force, and forms part of the statutory Development Plan for Bosham. Consequently, decisions on whether or not to grant planning permission in Bosham will need to be made in accordance with the Bosham Parish Neighbourhood Development Plan, unless material considerations indicate otherwise.

Referendum

The Bosham Neighbourhood Plan referendum was held on Wednesday 16 November 2016, 90% of voters on the day said "Yes" to the Bosham Neighbourhood Plan .

Examination

Janet Cheesley has been appointed as the Examiner for the Bosham Neighbourhood Plan.  The Examiner's Final Report has been received and is published along with the Parish Council's revised comparison report. The other documents have been published in response to queries raised by the examiner. The examiner has also taken account of relevant documents submitted by Luken Beck obo Barratt David Wilson to Bosham Parish Council as part of their regulation 14 consultation.

Publication (Regulation 16)

The Bosham Neighbourhood Plan is now published for consultation according to Regulation 16 of the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012 from 27 August to 9 October 2015.

Pre-submission (Regulation 14)

The Bosham Parish Neighbourhood Plan was published for consultation according to Regulation 14 of the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012 from 12 November 2014 to 31 December 2014. For more information please visit the Bosham Parish Council   website.

 

Boxgrove Neighbourhood Plan

The Parish is set at the foot of the South Downs, with the northern part of the Parish located within the South Downs National Park.  Boxgrove is a small village located on relatively flat land between the A27 and the settlement of Halnaker. Goodwood House, with which the village has strong historical associations, lies about a mile to the north west. The centre of the village of Boxgrove is designated as a conservation area, and is linear stretching north-south along The Street, with many historic buildings. Boxgrove Parish also includes the smaller settlements of Crockerhill and Strettington.

A Benedictine monastery was founded at Boxgrove by William de la Haye in 1115. The priory church remains as the Church of England parish church of St. Mary and St. Blaise, minus the original parish church, the monks church became the parish church, and mostly dates from the 13th century.

Following Cabinet on 1 June 2021, at the Council meeting on 22 June 2021, Chichester District Council resolved to 'Make' the Boxgrove Neighbourhood Development Plan. This means that the Boxgrove Neighbourhood Development Plan has been brought into legal force, and forms part of the statutory Development Plan for Boxgrove. Consequently, decisions on whether or not to grant planning permission in Boxgrove will need to be made in accordance with the Boxgrove Neighbourhood Development Plan, unless material considerations indicate otherwise.

Referendum

The Boxgrove Neighbourhood Plan Referendum will be held on Thursday 6 May 2021.

Examination

Tony Burton was appointed as the examiner of the Boxgrove Neighbourhood Plan and the Examiner's Final Report has been received and is published below.

Following receipt of the Examiner's report into the Boxgrove Neighbourhood Plan, the Council's Decision Statement was agreed by Cabinet on 7 July and has been published.

The Neighbourhood Plan is now able to move forward to referendum but in accordance with current Government advice this will not be held until 6 May 2021 (in accordance with Regulation 13 of the Postponement of Elections and Referendum Regulations 2020). However, Government guidance is that the plan may carry significant weight where relevant to a planning application, even though it would not have been tested through referendum.

Habitats Regulations Assessment (HRA) and Appropriate Assessment Statement and Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA)

The progress of a number of neighbourhood plans has been impeded over recent months as a result of changes in the law following various European Court decisions and the subsequent interpretation of new case law. In order to progress the various plans steps are being taken to take account of the changing legislative environment and provide the most robust position for the neighbourhood plan as it moves forward.

There are changes in relation to both the required Habitats Regulation Assessment (HRA) and Appropriate Assessment Statement and also, as a consequence of the need to undertake such an assessment, the need for Strategic Environmental Assessment.

The Boxgrove Habitats Regulations Assessment (HRA) and Appropriate Assessment Statement below was published for a period of 5 weeks of public consultation ending on 15 May 2019.  The representations received are shown below and have been forwarded to the examiner.  

Strategic Environmental Assessment

The final version of the Environmental Report for Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) of Boxgrove Neighbourhood Plan, including non-technical summary document, completed in accordance with the Environmental Assessment of Plans and Programmes Regulations 2004, has now been published and submitted to the Examiner of the Neighbourhood Plan. 

 

 


Boxgrove Neighbourhood Area Designation

 

Chidham and Hambrook Neighbourhood Plan

The Chidham and Hambrook Neighbourhood Plan has been compiled by local residents and the Parish Council. It establishes a vision for the evolution and long-term sustainability of Chidham and Hambrook Parish over the period 2014-2029. The plan sets out a vision for the future of the parish and planning policies which will be used to determine planning applications locally.

The Chidham and Hambrook Neighbourhood Area covers just under 11 km² and is made up of three communities; Chidham, Hambrook and part of East Nutbourne. The Neighbourhood Area is bounded by the A27 to the north, and the Chichester Harbour AONB to the south.

Following Cabinet on the 20th September 2016, at the Council meeting on 20th September 2016, Chichester District Council resolved to 'Make' the Chidham and Hambrook Neighbourhood Development Plan. This means that the Chidham and Hambrook Neighbourhood Development Plan has been brought into legal force, and forms part of the statutory Development Plan for Chidham and Hambrook. Consequently, decisions on whether or not to grant planning permission in Chidham and Hambrook will need to be made in accordance with the Chidham and Hambrook Neighbourhood Development Plan, unless material considerations indicate otherwise.

Referendum

Chidham and Hambrook Neighbourhood Plan referendum was held on 13th September 2016, 94% of voters on the day said "Yes" to the Chidham and Hambrook Neighbourhood Plan.

Examination

Janet Cheesley was appointed as the Examiner for the Chidham & Hambrook Neighbourhood Plan. The Examiner's Final Report has been received and is published below. Chichester District Council has now published its Decision Statement as agreed by Cabinet on 3 May 2016.

Publication (Regulation 16)

The Chidham and Hambrook Neighbourhood Plan is now published for consultation according to Regulation 16 of the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012 from 27 August to 9 October 2015.

Pre-submission (Regulation 14)

The Chidham and Hambrook Neighbourhood Plan has been published for representations according to Regulation 14 of the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012. The consultation period ran for 6 weeks until 8 September 2014. For more information please visit the  Chidham and Hambrook Parish Council  website.

 

East Wittering and Bracklesham Neighbourhood Plan Fishbourne Neighbourhood Plan

The Fishbourne Neighbourhood Plan has been compiled by local residents and the Parish Council. It establishes a vision for the evolution and long-term sustainability of Fishbourne Parish and village over the period 2014-2029. The plan sets out a vision for the future of the parish and planning policies which will be used to determine planning applications locally.

The Fishbourne Neighbourhood Area covers just under 4 km² and is situated directly to the west of Chichester at the head of the Fishbourne Channel. The A27 forms the northern and eastern boundaries of the village.

Following Cabinet on the 8 March 2016, at the Council meeting on 31 March 2016, Chichester District Council resolved to 'Make' the Fishbourne Neighbourhood Development Plan. This means that the Fishbourne Neighbourhood Development Plan has been brought into legal force, and forms part of the statutory Development Plan for Fishbourne. Consequently, decisions on whether or not to grant planning permission in Fishbourne will need to be made in accordance with the Fishbourne Neighbourhood Development Plan, unless material considerations indicate otherwise.

Fishbourne Neighbourhood Plan was 'made' on 31 March 2016. The Plan included Appendix FNP3 - Fishbourne Settlement Area (outlined in red) April 2014.  A drafting error in relation to this map was identified. The modification document, agreed by Council on 22 November 2016, sets out Chichester District Council's modification to rectify the situation and correct the error by substituting a replacement map. Fishbourne Parish Council has consented to the modification.

A copy of the Modification Document is available to view below:

Referendum

Fishbourne Neighbourhood Plan referendum was held on 11th February 2016. 94% of voters on the day said "Yes" to the Fishbourne Neighbourhood Plan.

Examination

The Examiner's Final Report has been received and is published. Chichester District Council has now published its Decision Statement as agreed by Cabinet on 1 December 2015.

The representations and submission documents were submitted for independent examination on 11 July 2014. In light of representations made by Iceni Projects in accordance with Regulation 16, Chichester District Council requested the suspension of the examination. The examination has now been resumed.

The Examiner has asked for a period of consultation to be undertaken on the amendments to the SEA determination and the text and wording of Policy SD1 set out in the documents below. This consultation ran until 6 March 2015.

At the request of the Examiner the Council wrote to all those who submitted representations as part of the Regulation 16 consultation to ask if their  original representation(s) still stand or if there are any amendments to be made in the light of the Council's Statement on the adoption of the new Local Plan. Responses were requested no later than Monday 7 September 2015 and are listed below.

Publication (Regulation 16)

The Fishbourne Neighbourhood Plan was published for representations according to Regulation 16 of the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012 from 29 May 2014 to 10 July 2014.
The representations and submission documents were submitted for independent examination on 11 July 2014.

Pre-submission (Regulation 14)

The Fishbourne Neighbourhood Plan was published for representations according to Regulation 14 of the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012 from 1 December 2013 to 24 January 2014. For more information please visit the Fishbourne Parish Council  website.

Hunston Neighbourhood Plan

Hunston is a rural village, a mile and a half south of Chichester on the Manhood Peninsula. The northern boundary of the Parish is along the A27, the southern just north of Sidlesham Common. Hunston Village is the only substantial settlement in the parish. There is a golf course to the south of the village surrounded by agricultural land. The north western section of the parish is along the Chichester Canal, which runs from Chichester Basin to Chichester Marina and is navigable from Chichester Basin to the Donnington Road (B2201) through Hunston. The Chichester Free School established in 2013, moved to its current site in September 2018. The school was built on the site of a fire-damaged Carmelite Convent and caters for children from ages 4 to 16.

Publication of the Hunston Neighbourhood Plan 2019-2037

Hunston Parish Council is undertaking a Neighbourhood Plan. All the background supporting work undertaken by the parish can be found on the Hunston Parish Council website .

The Hunston Neighbourhood Plan 2019-2037 is published for consultation according to Regulation 16 of the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012 from 15 July to 9 September  2021. Details of the consultation are set out below and the consultation period ends at 5pm on Thursday 9 September 2021.

Given the on-going circumstances with Covid 19, a tiered approach to the availability of the Hunston Neighbourhood Plan 2019-2037 and supporting documentation is set out below:

  1. All documents are available on the CDC website and, in the first instance, people are encouraged to access the documents below.

  2. A copy of the documents will be made available by Hunston Parish Council by contacting the Clerk by phone  on 01243 789039 or by email clerk@hunstonparishcouncil.org.uk

  3. A copy of the documents can be sent by contacting the CDC customer service team by phone on 01243 785166 or by email contact@chichester.gov.uk

  4. A copy of all the documents will be made available at the CDC offices at East Pallant House and will be available to view on request through making an appointment by contacting the customer service team 01243 785166 or by email contact@chichester.gov.uk

The period for submission of representations will run from Thursday 15 July until Thursday 9 September 2021. Representations should arrive no later than 5.00pm on 9 September 2021.  All representations received will be available to view publicly.

To make representations:

  • Response forms can be downloaded from the list below and filled in electronically. Printed copies are available on request from Chichester District Council and Hunston Parish Council Clerk as indicated above.

    Completed response forms should be sent to:

  • Neighbourhood Planning, Chichester District Council, East Pallant House, 1 East Pallant, Chichester PO19 1TY

  • Or emailed to neighbourhoodplanning@chichester.gov.uk 

All comments will be publicly available and identifiable by name and (where applicable) organisation. Please note that any other personal information will be processed by Chichester District Council in line with the principles and rights set out in the General Data Protection Regulation 2016 (GDPR) and the Data Protection Act 2018, which cover such things as why and for how long we use, keep and look after your personal data.

 
 

Kirdford Neighbourhood Plan

Following Cabinet on 3rd June 2014, at the Council meeting on 22nd July 2014, Chichester District Council resolved to 'Make' the Kirdford Neighbourhood Development Plan. This means that the Kirdford  Neighbourhood Development Plan has been brought into legal force, and forms part of the statutory Development Plan for Kirdford. Consequently, decisions on whether or not to grant planning permission in Kirdford will need to be made in accordance with the Kirdford Neighbourhood Development Plan, unless material considerations indicate otherwise.

Kirdford Neighbourhood Plan Referendum - on the 1 May 2014, 95% of voters on the day said 'Yes' to the Kirdford Neighbourhood Plan.

Kirdford Neighbourhood Plan Examination

The Kirdford Neighbourhood Plan was examined in January 2014. The Examiner's report has now been received. The Examiner recommended that the Kirdford Neighbourhood Plan proceed to referendum subject to modifications. Chichester District Council published its Decision Statement which was taken to Cabinet.

Publication (Regulation 16)

The Kirdford Neighbourhood Plan has been published for representations according to regulation 16 of the the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012. The consultation ran from the 19 July to 2 September 2013 at 5pm.

Copies of the Neighbourhood Development Plan and supporting documentation are available to view.

 

Loxwood Neighbourhood Plan

The Loxwood Parish Neighbourhood Plan has been compiled by local residents and the Parish Council. It establishes a vision for the evolution and long-term sustainability of Loxwood Parish and village over the next 10 to 15 years. The plan sets out a vision for the future of the parish and planning policies which will be used to determine planning applications locally.

Loxwood parish is located in the north east part of Chichester District adjacent to the border with Surrey. It lies outside the boundary of the South Downs National Park and is made up of the village of Loxwood together with the hamlets of Alfold Bars to the north and Roundstreet Common to the south. The parish includes several local lanes such as Oakhurst Lane, Pigbush Lane, Brewhurst lane, Skiff Lane and Drungewick Lane. The Plan Area is rural, with the main settlement area being Loxwood.

Following Cabinet on the 7 July 2015, at the Council meeting on 14 July 2015, Chichester District Council resolved to 'Make' the Loxwood Neighbourhood Development Plan. This means that the Loxwood Neighbourhood Development Plan has been brought into legal force, and forms part of the statutory Development Plan for Loxwood. Consequently, decisions on whether or not to grant planning permission in Loxwood will need to be made in accordance with the Loxwood Neighbourhood Development Plan, unless material considerations indicate otherwise.

The Loxwood Neighbourhood Plan will remain in place after a High Court legal challenge by developers against Chichester District Council failed. The plan was formally made last July following a referendum, but developer Crownhall Estates Limited decided to launch a legal challenge against the council's decision to make the plan. A court hearing was held in November and on Thursday 21 January, Chichester District Council was informed that all grounds for the challenge had failed. A copy of the Final Judgement can be seen below.

Referendum 2015

The Referendum for the Loxwood Neighbourhood Plan was held on the 25 June 2015.

Examination March 2015

The Loxwood Neighbourhood Plan was examined in December 2014 to February 2015. The Examiner's report has now been received and published. The Examiner recommended that the Loxwood Neighbourhood Plan proceed to referendum subject to modifications. Chichester District Council has now published its Decision Statement as agreed by Cabinet on 24 April 2015.

Chichester District Council received a legal challenge on its decision to hold a referendum following the independent examination of the Neighbourhood Plan.  The challenge was based around the failure of the District Council to carry out a legally compliant screening opinion process to determine whether a Strategic Environmental Assessment of the plan was required.

In order to remedy this error, the District Council carried out a formal screening opinion process.  The Parish Council issued an up to date Basic Conditions Statement and re-submitted the Neighbourhood Plan to the District Council for consultation.  Following this the Neighbourhood Plan will be the subject of an independent examination before a further anticipated referendum.
The consultation ran from the 23 October to the 4 December 2014.

Publication (Regulation 16) (October 2014)

Referendum 2014

The Loxwood Neighbourhood Plan referendum was held on 24 July 2014. The result is available to view on this page.

Examination 2014

The Loxwood Neighbourhood Plan examination was held in March 2014. In April 2014 the council received the Examiner's report, which concludes that subject to modifications that the Plan should proceed to referendum.

Publication (Regulation 16)

The Loxwood Neighbourhood Plan was published for representations according to Regulation 16 of the the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012. The consultation ran from 17 January to 28 February 2014.

 

Plaistow and Ifold Neighbourhood Plan

The Parish is situated in the North East of Chichester District in a rural setting. It borders to the North with Dunsfold Parish, Surrey; to the West with the South Downs National Park and Northchapel Parish; to the South with Kirdford Parish and to the East with Loxwood Parish. There are four settlement areas in the Parish - Ifold, Plaistow, Durfold Wood and Shillinglee. Outside of these areas, the Parish is rural and largely undeveloped, other than sporadic residential development and agricultural activity with a number of established large farms. The Parish is characterised as remote and tranquil. It comprises undulating, pastoral landscape of green fields interspersed with belts of woodland, including ancient woodland, ancient assarts, hedgerows and shaws extending from the Arun valley to the east and the Western extent of the Low Weald.

Examination

Janet Cheesley has been appointed as the Examiner for the Plaistow and Ifold Parish Neighbourhood Plan. The Examiner has issued the procedural guidance below for information. All representations received during the consultation periods have been published. 

July 2021 - The Examiner suspended the Examination to allow the Council to undertake a further Habitats Regulation Assessment (HRA) Screening Matrix and Appropriate Assessment Statement of the plan in the light of a new issue raised by Natural England in relation to development in the Sussex North Water Supply Zone which includes the parish. A Revised Habitats Regulation Assessment (HRA) Screening Matrix and Appropriate Assessment Statement has now been published below and the Examiner is formally re-opening the examination.

Repeat Publication of the Plaistow and Ifold Parish Neighbourhood Plan

The Plaistow and Ifold Parish Neighbourhood Plan was published in February for consultation from 27 February to 30 April 2020. However, due to the impact of Covid19 restrictions during the consultation it was necessary for Chichester District Council to repeat the formal Regulation 16 consultation period. Details of the consultation are set out below and the consultation period ended at 5pm on Thursday 29 October 2020.

All previously received representations have been sent to the Examiner along with all those submitted during this further consultation period.  

All comments will be publicly available and identifiable by name and (where applicable) organisation. Please note that any other personal information will be processed by Chichester District Council in line with the principles and rights set out in the General Data Protection Regulation 2016 (GDPR) and the Data Protection Act 2018, which cover such things as why and for how long we use, keep and look after your personal data. 

 

Plaistow and Ifold Neighbourhood Area Designation

 

Selsey Neighbourhood Plan

Selsey is located at the end of one of the busiest B roads in the UK, the B2145, and at the southern tip of the Manhood Peninsula, a flat coastal plain and one of the few undeveloped coastal strips along the south coast.

In 1899 when Selsey's population was just over 1,200, most properties were concentrated around the High Street with open fields immediately behind. Selsey was then sparsely populated, with dwellings and workshops situated on just three main streets or lanes.

The pattern of the original lanes is still evident today, forming the principal routes that fed the successive waves of development that occurred through the 20th century. Since the end of the 19th century, Selsey has evolved from a fishing village into a quintessential British seaside destination and residential settlement. Today it is the second-largest conurbation in Chichester district. Typical of other coastal towns, Selsey is also favoured by retirees, with many of its permanent residents having previously been visitors or tourists to the area over many years. The town is popular with visitors from London and the Home Counties, who make frequent visits to the area, attracted by a mix of local amenities as well as the short travel times.

Selsey Neighbourhood Plan 2014-2029

Following Cabinet on 1 June 2021, at the Council meeting on 22 June 2021, Chichester District Council resolved to 'Make' the Selsey Neighbourhood Development Plan. This means that the Selsey Neighbourhood Development Plan has been brought into legal force, and forms part of the statutory Development Plan for Selsey. Consequently, decisions on whether or not to grant planning permission in Selsey  will need to be made in accordance with the Selsey Neighbourhood Development Plan, unless material considerations indicate otherwise.

Referendum

The Selsey Neighbourhood Plan Referendum will be held on Thursday 6 May 2021.

Habitats Regulations Assessment (HRA) and Appropriate Assessment Statement and Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA)

The progress of a number of neighbourhood plans has been impeded over recent months as a result of changes in the law following various European Court decisions and the subsequent interpretation of new case law.  In order to progress the various plans steps are being taken to take account of the changing legislative environment and provide the most robust positon for the neighbourhood plan as it moves forward.

There are changes in relation to both the required Habitats Regulation Assessment (HRA) and Appropriate Assessment Statement and also, as a consequence of the need to undertake such an assessment, the need for Strategic Environmental Assessment.

The Selsey Habitats Regulations Assessment (HRA) and Appropriate Assessment Statement was published for a period of 5 weeks of public consultation ending on 1 May 2019. The representations received are show below and have been forwarded to the examiner.

Strategic Environmental Assessment

The final version of the Environmental Report for Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) of Selsey Neighbourhood Plan, including non-technical summary document, completed in accordance with the Environmental Assessment of Plans and Programmes Regulations 2004, has now been published.

Examination

John Slater was appointed as the Examiner for the Selsey Neighbourhood Plan. The Examiner's Report has been received and is available to view.

Following receipt of the Examiner's report into the Selsey Neighbourhood Plan, and the subsequent Environmental Report for Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) of Selsey Neighbourhood Plan, which concludes that the policies in the plan will not result in a significant impact on the environment, the Council's Decision Statement was agreed by Cabinet on 7 July 2020 and has been published.

The Neighbourhood Plan is now able to move forward to referendum but in accordance with current Government advice, this will not be held until 6 May 2021 (in accordance with Regulation 13 of the Postponement of Elections and Referendum Regulations 2020). However, Government guidance is that the plan may carry significant weight where relevant to a planning application, even though it would not have been tested through referendum.

Publication (Regulation 16)

The Selsey Neighbourhood Plan was published for consultation according to Regulation 16 of the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012 from 9 February to 23 March 2018. Further details of the supporting evidence base can be seen on the  Selsey Town Council - Neighbourhood Plan page.

Strategic Environmental Assessment and HRA February 2017

Selsey neighbourhood area designation

 

Selsey neighbourhood plan - superseded

Selsey Hearing November 2015

Selsey Town Council agreed at its Full Council Meeting on 17 February 2016, to notify the examiner that the Town Council has decided to withdraw the current submission draft of the Neighbourhood Plan. A further Pre-submission version of the Neighbourhood Plan will be published in due course. The examiner's final report is available for viewing.

John Slater, the Examiner appointed for the Selsey Neighbourhood Plan, requested a public hearing be held to assist his examination of the Selsey Neighbourhood Plan. The public hearing was held on Wednesday 18 November 2015. The Examiner's Interim Report has been published:

Examination 2015

John Slater has been appointed as the Examiner for the Selsey Neighbourhood Plan. At the request of the Examiner the council wrote to all those who submitted representations as part of the Regulation 16 consultation to ask if their  original representation(s) still stand or if there are any amendments to be made in the light of the council's statement on the adoption of the new Local Plan. Responses were requested no later than Monday 14 September 2015 and are listed below.

Publication (Regulation 16) April 2015

The Selsey Neighbourhood Plan was published for consultation according to Regulation 16 of the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012 from 30 April to 11 June 2015.

  • Selsey NP Reg 16 Summary of Reps June 2015 available on request
  • Selsey Submission Consultation Responses available on request


Pre-submission (Regulation 14) October 2014

The Selsey Town Neighbourhood Plan was published for consultation according to Regulation 14 of the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012 for six weeks from 20th October 2014. For more information please visit the  Selsey Town Council  website.

 

Southbourne Neighbourhood Plan

The Parish of Southbourne is located at the western edge of Chichester District within West Sussex, extending from Chichester Harbour in the south to the main A27 road at its northern boundary. The name Southbourne did not exist until 1876 when the ecclesiastical parish was formed out of Westbourne. It included Nutbourne, Prinsted, Hermitage and Gosden Green.

Although the church was consecrated in 1876, some early records state that the parish was not formed until February 26 1878. The records kept in Victorian times were not always accurate and tend to contradict each other. It is not known what the population was when the parish was formed but in 1901 it is given as 1,012, in 1931 it was given as 2,175 and in 2011 there were 6,265 people living in the Parish.

From its creation until the 1960s Southbourne was mainly an agricultural area, market gardens and fruit farms being quite prolific. In those days the industry was labour intensive and provided a great deal of work for local people. During World War One the construction of an airfield began in the northern part of the village. It was intended for it to be a "Training Depot Station" for a Handley Page 0/400 unit of the United States Army Air Service. It covered 247 acres and was to be completed by 1st November 1918, and by early August of that year, roads, water, sewerage and power services were virtually complete.

The main road which runs through the parish appears to be an ancient Roman road which would have connected Chichester and Portchester. The road later became known as the Turnpike, which was a form of toll road. According to some documents it was instituted as a Turnpike in 1720, but other documents refer to it as having been established some time after that. It was referred to as the Cosham to Chichester Turnpike, which ran from Cosham in the County of Southampton to the city of Chichester. The arrival of the railway brought about the end of the toll road, as the loads which hitherto had been conveyed by pack horse and horse and cart and therefore paid a toll were then conveyed by train. Initially there was no station between Bosham and Emsworth, but in 1906 small stations known as a halts were opened at both Nutbourne and Southbourne.

Publication of the Southbourne Parish Neighbourhood Plan Review 2019-2037

Southbourne Parish Council is undertaking a review of its Neighbourhood Plan. All the background supporting work undertaken by the parish can be found on the  Southbourne Parish Council Website .

The Southbourne Parish Neighbourhood Plan Review 2019-2037 was published for consultation according to Regulation 16 of the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012 from 8 April to 3 June 2021. 

All representations received have now been published, and are now available to view. Please note that any other personal information will be processed by Chichester District Council in line with the principles and rights set out in the General Data Protection Regulation 2016 (GDPR) and the Data Protection Act 2018, which cover such things as why and for how long we use, keep and look after your personal data.

Arrangements will now be made for an independent Examiner to undertake the examination of the plan which it is anticipated will start in September.


Southbourne Neighbourhood Plan 2014-2029

Following Cabinet on the 1 December 2015, at the Council meeting on 15 December 2015, Chichester District Council resolved to 'Make' the Southbourne Parish Neighbourhood Development Plan. This means that the Southbourne Parish Neighbourhood Development Plan has been brought into legal force, and forms part of the statutory Development Plan for Southbourne. Consequently, decisions on whether or not to grant planning permission in Southbourne will need to be made in accordance with the Southbourne Parish Neighbourhood Development Plan, unless material considerations indicate otherwise.

Referendum

Southbourne Parish Neighbourhood Plan referendum - on the 5th November 2015, 87% of voters on the day said "Yes" to the Southbourne Parish Neighbourhood Plan.

Examination

The Southbourne Parish Neighbourhood Plan was examined in early 2015. The Examiner's report and further Addendum have now been received and published:

Publication (Regulation 16)

The Southbourne Parish Neighbourhood Plan was published for consultation according to Regulation 16 of the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012 from 4 September 2014 to 16 October 2014.

Pre-submission (Regulation 14)

The Southbourne Parish Neighbourhood Plan was published for consultation according to Regulation 14 of the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012 from 17 April 2014 to 5 June 2014. For more information please visit the Southbourne Parish Council website.

Southbourne Neighbourhood Area Designation

 

Tangmere Neighbourhood Plan

The Tangmere Neighbourhood Plan has been compiled by local residents and the Parish Council. It establishes a vision for the evolution and long-term sustainability of Tangmere Parish over the period 2014-2029. The plan sets out a vision for the future of the parish and planning policies which will be used to determine planning applications locally.

The Tangmere Neighbourhood Area covers just under 4.7 km² and is situated to the east of Chichester. The Neighbourhood Area is bounded by the A27 to the north, and Arun District to the east.

Following Cabinet on the 7 June 2016, at the Council meeting on 19 July 2016, Chichester District Council resolved to 'Make' the Tangmere Neighbourhood Development Plan. This means that the Tangmere Neighbourhood Development Plan has been brought into legal force, and forms part of the statutory Development Plan for Tangmere. Consequently, decisions on whether or not to grant planning permission in Tangmere will need to be made in accordance with the Tangmere Neighbourhood Development Plan, unless material considerations indicate otherwise.

Referendum

The Tangmere Neighbourhood Plan referendum - on the 5 May 2016, 89.8% of voters on the day said "Yes" to the Tangmere Neighbourhood Plan.

Examination

John Slater has been appointed as the Examiner for the Tangmere Neighbourhood Plan. The Examiner's Final Report has been received and is published below. Chichester District Council has now published its Decision Statement as agreed by Cabinet on 9th February 2016.

At the request of the Examiner the Council wrote to all those who submitted representations as part of the Regulation 16 consultation to ask if their  original representation(s) still stand or if there are any amendments to be made in the light of the Council's Statement on the adoption of the new Local Plan. Responses were requested no later than Monday 14 September 2015 and are also listed below.

Publication (Regulation 16)

The Tangmere Neighbourhood Plan was published for consultation according to Regulation 16 of the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012 from 30 April to 11 June 2015.

Pre-submission (Regulation 14)

The Tangmere Parish Neighbourhood Plan was published for consultation according to Regulation 14 of the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012 from Friday 10 October 2014 to Friday 21 November 2014. For more information please visit the Tangmere Parish Council website.

Tangmere Neighbourhood Area Designation

 

West Wittering Neighbourhood Plan

West Wittering Parish (pop. 3,600) is an active, working, rural seaside village, bordered on two sides by water and situated on the western extremity of the Manhood peninsula. One third of the Parish is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). The main settlement areas of the Parish are separated by farmland. The western section of the main settlement contains most of the historical property, and the eastern section is mainly post war residential houses and bungalows adjoining the village of East Wittering. The southern section consists of houses adjacent to the sea. Within the farmland there are further settlements at Ellanore and Rookwood to the north overlooking the harbour, Redlands, Chapel Lane, Piggery Hall Lane and the south of Shipton Green. The total area is approximately 3,500 acres of which 2,100 acres are arable farmland.

West Wittering Neighbourhood Area Designation

 

Westbourne Neighbourhood Plan

Westbourne Parish Council has prepared a neighbourhood plan for the parish. Background documents and information are available on the Westbourne Parish Council's Website. . Westbourne is a village and civil parish in the Chichester District of West Sussex. It is adjacent to Emsworth, administered by Havant Borough Council. The parish includes the hamlets of Woodmancote and Aldsworth. The village stands on the River Ems, a small river flowing into Chichester Harbour at Emsworth. It is believed that the village takes its name from its position on the river, which traditionally marks the westernmost boundary of Sussex; 'bourne' being an archaic term for a boundary as well as for a small river or brook.

This is a rural parish whose history dates back to the Domesday Book of 1086. Westbourne was renowned as a market town during the reign of Charles II and still retains a vibrant village centre with shops, doctor's surgery, garages, public houses as well as a local primary school. The parish church, with its 18th century spire, plays an integral part in village life. Since April 2011, the north-eastern and eastern edges of the village have formed boundaries with the newly designated South Downs National Park, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Referendum

The Westbourne Neighbourhood Plan Referendum will be held on Thursday 29 July 2021.

Examination

Jeremy Edge was appointed as the Examiner for the Westbourne Neighbourhood Plan.

Following receipt of the Examiner's report into the Westbourne Neighbourhood Plan, the Council's Decision Statement was agreed by Cabinet on 4 May and subsequently corrected and has been published.

The Neighbourhood Plan is now able to move forward to the next stage of referendum.

Habitats Regulations Assessment (HRA) and Appropriate Assessment Statement and Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA)

The progress of a number of neighbourhood plans was been impeded as a result of changes in the law following various European Court decisions and the subsequent interpretation of new case law. In order to progress the various plans steps are being taken to take account of the changing legislative environment and provide the most robust positon for the neighbourhood plan as it moves forward. In addition, Natural England's assessments during 2019/20 suggest that more than 3000 hectares of the intertidal parts of Chichester Harbour, which is the subject of several European designations, is now classified in an "unfavourable - declining" condition.  Water quality is a contributing factor to the build-up of excess nutrients in the Harbour causing eutrophication (algal growth) which impacts on the Harbour's ecology and conservation.

Sewage from new development using waste water treatment works or an on-site package treatment plant that discharges to Chichester Harbour contributes to the excess nutrients in the Harbour (albeit in small amounts relative to other sources) and therefore needs to be considered in line with the Habitats Regulations.  This means that before agreeing to a proposal (such as a planning application or a development plan) the authority needs to undertake a Habitats Regulations Assessment and be satisfied that the proposal will not have any adverse impact on the protected site or sites.

This process has now been completed and the revised Habitats Regulation Assessment (HRA) and Appropriate Assessment Statement published below along with an Addendum to Environmental Report for Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) of Westbourne Neighbourhood Plan to address nutrient neutrality. The two documents were published below for a period of 5 weeks of public consultation ending on 13 November 2020.

The representations received are also published and available to view. These will be forwarded along with the documents to the examiner.

The Westbourne Habitats Regulations Assessment (HRA) and Appropriate Assessment Statement was published for a period of 5 weeks of public consultation ending on 2 May 2019. The representations received are shown below and have been forwarded to the examiner.

Strategic Environmental Assessment

The final version of the Environmental Report for Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) of Westbourne Neighbourhood Plan, including non-technical summary document, completed in accordance with the Environmental Assessment of Plans and Programmes Regulations 2004, has now been published and submitted to the Examiner of the Neighbourhood Plan. 

Jeremy Edge, the Examiner appointed for the Westbourne Neighbourhood Plan,  requested a public hearing held on 25 October at 10.00 at The Meeting Place, (former Baptist Chapel), North Street, Westbourne PO10 8SP. The agenda is available to view.

Publication (Regulation 16)

The Westbourne Neighbourhood Plan was published for consultation according to Regulation 16 of the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012 from 12 June to 24 July 2017. All representations received have now been published and forwarded to the Examiner.

Pre-submission (Regulation 14)

The Westbourne Parish Neighbourhood Plan was published for consultation according to Regulation 14 of the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012 from Friday 26th February to Friday 22nd April 2016. For more information please visit the Westbourne Parish Council  website.

Westbourne Neighbourhood Area Designation

 

Wisborough Green Neighbourhood Plan

The Parish of Wisborough Green is an area of approximately 1756 hectares which lies in the north western corner of West Sussex, 3 miles from the border with Surrey. It has a population of 1414 with a density of 1.4 persons per hectare (the average for the South East being 4.5). It is a typical rural English village with a picturesque central village green, pond, church and shop located in the historic and Conservation Area of the village. The south western part of the Parish lies within the South Downs National Park.

Wisborough Green is predominantly of a rural nature and the character of the landscape is typical of the North Western Low Weald. The B2133 skirts the village running through the outlying area of Newpound and the A272, the main east to west route, runs through the centre of the village along the south side of the village green. Historical maps indicate that the settlement pattern has remained relatively unchanged through the centuries and that the Green has always featured as an important green space in the centre of the village.

Following Cabinet on the 7 June 2016, at the Council meeting on 19 July 2016, Chichester District Council resolved to 'Make' the Wisborough Green Neighbourhood Development Plan. This means that the Wisborough Green Neighbourhood Development Plan has been brought into legal force, and forms part of the statutory Development Plan for Wisborough Green. Consequently, decisions on whether or not to grant planning permission in Wisborough Green will need to be made in accordance with the Wisborough Green Neighbourhood Development Plan, unless material considerations indicate otherwise.

Referendum

The Wisborough Green Neighbourhood Plan referendum - on the 5th May 2016, 83.18% of voters on the day said "Yes" to the Wisborough Green Neighbourhood Plan.

Examination

Paul McCreery has been appointed as the Examiner for the Wisborough Green Neighbourhood Plan.  The Examiner's Final Report has been received and is published below. At the request of the Examiner the Council wrote to all those who submitted representations as part of the Regulation 16 consultation to ask if their  original representation(s) still stand or if there are any amendments to be made in the light of the Council's Statement on the adoption of the new Local Plan. Responses were requested no later than Monday 14 September 2015 and are listed below.

Publication (Regulation 16)

The Wisborough Green Neighbourhood Plan was published for consultation according to Regulation 16 of the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012 from 30 April to 11 June 2015.

Pre-submission (Regulation 14)

The Wisborough Green Parish Neighbourhood Plan was published for consultation according to Regulation 14 of the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012 from Monday 5 January to 12.00 (Noon) on Monday 2 February 2015. For more information please visit the Wisborough Green Parish  website.

 

Neighbourhood Plan Area Designation

If a town or parish councils wish to develop a neighbourhood plan, the first step is to submit to the local planning authority an application for the designation of the area to be covered by each neighbourhood plan. A town or parish council may choose to produce a neighbourhood plan that covers all or part of their parish. They must submit to the local planning authority the following:

(a) A map which identifies the area to be covered by the neighbourhood plan; and
(b) A statement explaining why the area concerned is appropriate.

For some areas the local planning authority is Chichester District Council. However, for those parts of Chichester District which lie within the South Downs National Park, applications for the designation of Neighbourhood Plan Areas must be made to the National Park Authority.

Once an application is received from a town or parish council, it will be publicised in the following ways:

  • An advertisement will be placed in the local paper and on the council's website; and
  • The advertisement will also be provided to the town or parish council concerned so that it can be displayed on their notice boards. Comments must be submitted in writing and cannot be accepted as anonymous. All information received is public information (subject to the Data Protection Act). Comments can be submitted via email or by post.

All comments will be treated equally, although it will be up to the District Council to balance any conflicting opinions when considering the Plan Area application. A consultation report summarising the issues raised by consultation will be considered by the Council's Cabinet or Cabinet Member when deciding the Plan Area application. The decision on the Plan Area will be made either at a Cabinet meeting or via Cabinet Member decision. A record of this decision will then sent to the relevant Town or Parish Council and placed on this website. If the decision is to refuse to designate the Plan Area, then the District Council will also publish its reasons for making that decision.

Designated Neighbourhood Areas

Chichester

Funtington

Lavant

The Lavant Neighbourhood Plan was made by Chichester District Council for the area outside the South Downs National Park on 25 July 2017. For more information on the Lavant Neighbourhood Development Plan please see the South Downs National Park Authority - Lavant Neighbourhood Plan  website.

Lynchmere 

North Mundham

Oving

Petworth

The Petworth Neighbourhood Plan was made by Chichester District Council for the area outside the South Downs National Park on 24 July 2018. For more information on the Petworth Neighbourhood Development Plan please see the South Downs National Park Authority - Petworth Neighbourhood Plan  website.

Sidlesham

Westhampnett