A vision for housing in Chichester

Residents got a flavour of what 700 new homes might look like at the east entrance to Chichester after a weekend of sharing their concerns and putting their ideas forward.

Arcitechts JTP and developers Hanbury Properties asked for residents’ views about their plans to build the homes at Shopwhyke Lakes near the Chichester Bypass.

Previously there have been major concerns about the impact the new homes could have on the already-congested Westhampnett Road and A27.

However there were plenty of nods of approval during a feedback session on Tuesday at The Council House in North Street, Chichester.

Chichester mayor Cllr Tony French said he was impressed with the way the presentation was handled and the site plans came across very well.

District and city councillor for the north ward of Chichester, Tony Dignum, said the plans were an ‘exciting vision’.

“These plans would make the eastern gateway an extremely attractive place to live and visit. I think the people doing the presentation did grasp the interests of the local community, of creating homes within a park.

“I think the A27 bridge proposed linking the site to the north will be appreciated.”

Workshops were held on Friday, Saturday and Sunday for a Community Planning Weekend, held at Chichester Park Hotel in Westhampnett.

Residents had the chance to go on a minibus tour to see Shophwyke Lakes, off Shopwhyke Road, for themselves.

One of the key issues raised from the event was the impact of traffic on nearby roads.

Cllr Dignum added: “Wherever you put homes in Chichester it is going to add to the busy roads.”

Some of the ideas put forward included building a new cycle and pedestrian bridge over the A27 to the north, a new community centre and recreation field, as well as houses being built next to the lakes.

Acoustic walls could be built around parts of the site to block out the noise from the A27 – which has been measured at 86 decibels.

Allotments and ‘bug hotels’ – creating a unique home for insects so they can pollinate around the site – were also other ideas put forward for the overall vision.

Charles Campion of JTP also said: “Getting around is important for young people.”