We are currently running a technical consultation to invite our partners and relevant groups to give their views on updates to our Strategic Wildlife Corridor policy.

The consultation will run from 9am on 30 July until midnight on 10 September 2021.

What is the Strategic Wildlife Corridors technical consultation?

In 2018, we proposed a new Strategic Wildlife Corridors policy. This was set out in the Chichester Local Plan Review Preferred Approach. During our public consultation, we received further information and data, which has helped inform the policy and identify the locations of the Strategic Wildlife Corridors that we should include.

In response to this, the council is consulting on three potential changes to the policy.

These changes are:

  1. The proposed inclusion of the Nutbourne to Hambrook Strategic Wildlife Corridor.
  2. The proposal to change the route of the Westhampnett to Pagham Harbour Strategic Wildlife Corridor.
  3. The proposal to change the route of the Aldingbourne and Elbridge Rifes Strategic Wildlife Corridor.

Who are we consulting with and why?

As this is a technical consultation, the consultation is designed for:

  • Wildlife groups.
  • Organisations who submitted comments on the policy during the Local Plan Review Preferred Approach consultation.
  • Landowners with affected sites.
  • Relevant statutory organisations, such as the South Downs National Park Authority, Natural England and the Environment Agency.
  • Parish councils affected by the changes.

However, anyone can submit their feedback.

The purpose of the consultation is to:

  • invite individuals and groups to review the available public evidence supporting the proposed changes, and
  • for individuals and groups to provide any further technical evidence that may support the proposed changes.

This will help us to decide whether the proposed changes should be adopted in the policy.

How do I take part in the consultation?

Please visit our consultation portal to have your say and to view the consultation documents, which include:

  • a technical explanatory summary
  • appendices, and
  • a set of maps that illustrate the location and extent of the proposed changes.

You can also submit comments by:

  • emailing: planningpolicy@chichester.gov.uk
  • letter to:
    Planning Policy Team,
    Chichester District Council,
    East Pallant House,
    1 East Pallant,
    West Sussex,
    PO19 1TY

The consultation will close at midnight on 10 September 2021.

Help and advice around submitting your comments

On the consultation portal , you will find a help guide that provides guidance on how to make comments.

When making your comments, please be aware of the following points:

  • In this consultation, we are seeking technical evidence to enable us to consider the proposed changes, rather than more general views on the merits of the wildlife corridors.
  • As it is a technical consultation, please do not repeat comments made in response to the Local Plan Preferred Approach consultation.
  • Please also do not make general responses on the Preferred Approach Plan.
  • Please make clear whether you agree or disagree with the proposed changes.
  • If you have technical evidence to support your conclusion, then please ensure you submit this evidence to the council.

A how to comment using the portal guide is available to view:

All comments received during the consultation period will be publicly available and identifiable by name and organisation (where applicable). Any personal information will be processed by Chichester District Council in line with the General Data Protection Regulations 2018.

More information is available at: Data protection and freedom of information.

Where can I find information on the Local Plan Review?

You can find out more about the Local Plan Review at: Chichester Local Plan Review  and Supporting evidence - Local Plan review.