VOTE: Has the draft local plan got the balance of homes right?

The view looking East from Fairyhill Cottage of the proposed development site.''Picture by Louise Adams C130350-3 Chi Local Plan
The view looking East from Fairyhill Cottage of the proposed development site.''Picture by Louise Adams C130350-3 Chi Local Plan

RESIDENTS will have their say on where more than 6,000 homes should be built over the next 15 years.

Following recommendations from cabinet, Chichester district councillors have agreed the draft local plan can go out to public consultation over a six-week period.

If adopted, the plan will guide the positioning of homes, leisure facilities and business sites until 2029.

“We live in an increasingly competitive world and providing the right foundations to ensure we can play our part is critical,” said Janet Duncton, cabinet member for housing and planning.

“This means providing new land for business growth and new jobs. It means providing housing for a growing population that is living longer and living differently because we are such an attractive area seeing people wanting to locate here.”

The plan has identified the development of 395 homes a year, excluding the South Downs National Park, with four large sites in Shopwyke, 
Whitehouse Farm, Westhampnett and Tangmere. The plan also proposes the allocation of an additional 25 hectares of employment land.

“It makes sure we can continue to grow at a modest pace, in a fashion we are comfortable with and in a way that protects aspects of our area that are most precious,” Cllr Duncton said.

Councillors praised members for the time taken to compile the evidence and all the information found within the plan, which does not cover parts of the district located within the South Downs National Park.

A number of residents were present to ask questions and discuss local plan policy details.

The consultation period will begin on Friday, March 22, and run until Friday, May 3, and the public will have the opportunity to meet with council officers to discuss the plan.

To comment, visit www.chichester.gov.uk/newlocalplan

WHAT DO YOU THINK?

Has the draft local plan got the balance of homes right? Have your say in the voting panel on the right, and leave your comments below.