The changing face of Graylingwell

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C140803-11 Graylingwell Pics phot kate''The Clock House and Tower.Picture by Kate Shemilt.C140803-1 SUS-140808-172851001

IT HAS not been all plain sailing at Graylingwell, as the latest stage of development gathers pace.

Marketed as a new, sustainable community for Chichester, several of the homes have proved hard to sell, sparking changes to the site’s masterplan.

Linden Homes revealed its latest blueprint for the site earlier this year, but the application has not been met with universal acclaim.

As reported last week, a petition against the removal of a community hall and replacement with flats has also been joined by other voices of concern at some of the proposals.

The latest application submitted to Chichester District Council included assessment of the project up until now, with Linden admitting some of the new-build apartments were ‘proving hard to sell in the current market and consequently compromising the viability of the overall scheme’.

This has led to some rethinking from the developer, with the goal now to increase the range of options for homebuyers. One of the main causes of contention for people watching the project unfurl has been the scrapping of a proposed community hall next to Immanuel Chapel and its replacement with a four-storey apartment block.

According to the latest application: “A multi-purpose hall was originally proposed for the western side of Chapel Green. In consultation with the Chichester Community Development Trust, it has been agreed that this is no longer required, so an apartment building is proposed for this location instead. This will be complemented by a similar apartment block on the eastern side of Chapel Green.”

A separate community hall application has been made.

The developer said it hoped to create a greater proportion of houses, including townhouses, terraced, semi-detached and detached homes.

However this, coupled with worries over a lack of parking spaces at the site, has led to the distribution of homes spreading out in the latest plan.

An area of land previously planned for allotment space has now been changed to include more homes to compensate.

Feedback from residents identified ‘low parking levels as a concern’, according to Linden.

Here, the Observer takes a look at how the site appears, in comparison with previous images and an artistic impression of the future.

Work continues with the face of Graylingwell rapidly evolving.

Sustainable quarter

THE Graylingwell development is described as part of a ‘sustainable quarter of the city’, in policy 13 of Chichester District Council’s emerging local plan.

The site, coupled with the nearby Roussillon Barracks development, is seen in the plan as offering ‘potential’ for bringing together several different sites north of Chichester to create a new community.

The homes created at Graylingwell and Roussillon count towards housing targets identified in the local plan, which is set to come before a government inspector shortly.

Writing in the latest masterplan, the developers said there could be a potential ‘loss of house numbers resulting from a reduction in the proportion of flats and an increase in parking provision’ at Graylingwell.

However, the masterplan is quick to add: “The council’s commitment to deliver as many new homes for local people as possible would be respected.”

The number of 750 total homes has been given outline permission since the first application, with a proportion of these already built. The recent application features detailed permission for 17 houses.

See this week’s Observer (August 14) for a picture spread on the site.