Chidham villagers celebrate homes victory

DELIGHT has greeted the decision to refuse permission for 25 homes on a Chidham orchard.

A campaign group has been out in force in past weeks with its Save Maybush Orchard campaign, after a planning application was made to build the homes on land on the east side of Cot Lane.

Hundreds objected to the proposals, with Chichester District Council inundated with letters and emails from people against the scheme.

Council planners said the scheme would harm the Chichester Harbour area of outstanding natural beauty (AONB), leading to a ‘detrimental and urbanising effect on the locality’.

Stephen Johnson, a member of the group against the plans, said: “We are really pleased with the council decision.

“This site contributes enormously to the local character of the area.

“This is a small parish, but so far this year planning permission for almost 50 houses has been granted.

“We hope this decision and the progress made by the Chichester district local plan along with the neighbourhood plan for the area will stop further devastation of the parish by the developers’ gold rush.”

Chidham and Hambrook Parish Council, Chichester Harbour Conservancy hundreds of residents all made their objections to the scheme clear.

The conservancy said the scheme would harm the ‘tranquillity’ of the area.

It also said there had been a lack of assessment by developer Orchard Homes of the importance of the site to wildlife, especially birds.

To view the council’s decision in full, visit and search for application 13/03978/FUL