Chichester building figures revealed

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ALMOST 300 new homes were built in the Chichester district in one year, a report has revealed.

Chichester District Council’s annual monitoring report, published ahead of a cabinet meeting next week, shows a net increase of 299 homes in the district in 2012-13.

The figure falls below the district’s annual target of 480 homes and was a 15 per cent decrease on the 353 homes built in 2011-12.

However, the report does not include areas which fall under the South Downs National Park Authority’s planning jurisdiction.

The report said 85 per cent of homes were built on ‘previously-developed land’.

Of the 299 homes built, 66 – 17 per cent – were affordable.

This was a decline on the previous year when 112 affordable homes were built and fell short of the council’s target of 150 new affordable homes every year.

The year also saw a seven per cent decrease in the number of planning applications submitted to the council from 2011-12 to 2012-13.

Of the 87 planning appeals decided, 67 per cent were dismissed, 28 per cent were allowed, one per cent were part allowed and five per cent were withdrawn. This was an improvement for the council on the previous year when 33 per cent of 105 appeals were allowed.

From April 1, 2012, to March 31, 2013, 15 new community contributions were agreed with developers, with £627,704 set to go to Chichester District Council and £1,122,438 set to go to West Sussex County Council.

A net total of 4,890sqm of employment space was created – an increase of 98 per cent – with 73 per cent of that built on previously-developed land.

A net total of 2,761sqm was completed in 2012/13.