Chichester District Council cabinet member criticises city society

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THE CHICHESTER Society has been criticised by a former chairman, after it sent a document to district councillors urging them to reconsider the local plan.

Further discussion of the plan took place at Chichester District’s full council meeting on Thursday (October 24).

Cabinet member for finance Tony Dignum said residents were being misled about the plan.

He said the society’s chairman Richard Childs levelled two criticisms, firstly the plan was developer-led and secondly there were too many homes proposed.

He invited Mr Childs to ‘come into the real world’.

“My remarks are addressed to the people of Chichester district who in my view have been misled by the committees of some of the organisations claiming to represent them, including I am afraid the committee of the Chichester Society, which I chaired for eight years until 2011.”

He said the council was working not to allow a ‘free-for-all’ for developers and it was important the plan was not rejected.

“We may not have much flexibility with the housing numbers, but we can plan where the new homes go with the least harm to our heritage,” he said.