A FRESH housing application for 165 new homes has been submitted for Graylingwell.
The applicant wants to replace disused hospital buildings on the ‘lower Graylingwell’ site with a new development, as well as a new sports pavilion and children’s play area.
The latest bid is completely separate to the ‘Graylingwell masterplan’, which has seen hundreds of homes built north of this site over a number of years, with another 391 planned.
This separate ‘lower Graylingwell’ area is a 7.4ha brownfield site located 1.5km north-east of the city centre.
It is located in the grounds of the former Graylingwell Hospital, which is to the north and is currently being developed by another applicant under the name Graylingwell Park.
This lower site is currently vacant, with two boarded-up NHS buildings, Barnfield House and Orchard House, in the centre of the site, which would be knocked down.
The land is owned by the government and the application has been submitted by its Homes and Communities Agency (HCA).
The application proposes to maintain the hospital cricket pitch to the east and develop it into a community sportsfield with a new pavilion and play area.
The whole field will be managed by the Chichester Community Development Trust for public benefit.
Chichester City Council will discuss the new application at its next planning meeting on April 8 and produce a formal response.
The site is currently accessed from the west via College Lane and Connolly Way but under the proposals access would be switched to be from the east only, via Kingsmead Avenue.
In line with both Chichester District Council and West Sussex County Council policy requirements, access provision for the University of Chichester will be served by the development via a new access road south of Martin’s Farm area.
For more information, go to www.lowergraylingwell.com
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