Pledge to ‘confront’ bad architecture in Chichester district

IN THE face of increasing development, Chichester District Council has taken steps to boost its future design standards.

Cabinet considered a design protocol on September 3, put forward by the council’s design and implementation team, to provide developers with guidelines about design standards.

Described as an ‘overarching document’ by Carol Purnell, cabinet member for housing and planning, it aims to provide a ‘clearly defined approach to the design process the council will expect developers to follow’.

The council invited representations from the South Downs National Park Authority and Chichester Harbour Conservancy to the document.

In response to feedback from the conservancy, the protocol will be ‘strong enough to confront the generic architecture that will invariably be submitted by major house builders, which will potentially completely dilute the aspirations of the design standards and filter through to smaller developments’.

It also suggested the protocol included a commitment to challenge design that is ‘not good enough’.

The SDNPA did not respond to the consultation, despite 70 per cent of the Chichester district being part of the national park.

The issues the design protocol looks to address are how to accommodate growth in the district, but ensure the value and character of the existing built environment is not put at risk.

Councillors agreed it was a good idea to have CDC’s stated aims pulled together in one document for developers.

The protocol will now be published on the district council’s website www.chichester.gov.uk