Land at North East Chichester

On behalf of CEG and the landowner we were appointed to promote a significant area of greenfield land for residential-led development (approximately 40 hectares) located to the northeast of Chichester City.

Our Solutions

The site was a complex one affected by a significant number of technical, planning and land constraints including, most notably, the potential for coalescence with the adjacent settlement of Westhampnett, highway capacity issues associated with the A27, and the implications of noise and other activities from the nearby Goodwood Motor Circuit / Airfield. We led a multi-disciplinary team in the production of technical and master planning work that led to the Council ultimately identifying the site as the ‘Westhampnett / North East Chichester Strategic Development Location’ in the Chichester Local Plan 2015 to provide approximately 500 homes, community facilities and green infrastructure including a linear greenspace with public access along the Lavant Valley.

The Outcome

We gave evidence at the Local Plan examination in support of the Council’s allocation, and it was found sound and the Local Plan was subsequently adopted.

We subsequently led a professional team in the production of separate outline planning applications for 300 homes, 200 homes, and strategic green infrastructure provision. All were approved at the local level and have now been built out / are under construction.

Despite securing the allocation for 500 homes in the Local Plan, we always considered that there was additional capacity for housing within this sustainably located SDL. As such, we submitted a further outline planning application for 165 homes on land within the SDL that had not previously been identified for development. The Council refused the application and an appeal was lodged.

The appeal was heard at a Public Inquiry at which The Goodwood Estate was a Rule 6 objector, calling a series of professional witnesses raising concerns relating to the impacts of additional housing on existing operations at Goodwood Motor Circuit/Airfield. The appeal was ultimately allowed, with the Inspector concluding that the ‘tilted balance’ was engaged and that the adverse impacts of the development would not significantly and demonstrably outweigh the many benefits, which included the delivery of housing and affordable housing, new areas of publicly available open space, and significant levels of biodiversity net gain.

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