Chichester district draft local plan consultation starts today

A CONSULTATION on the draft local plan for the Chichester district officially starts today (Friday, March 22).

The first in a series of informal consultation sessions is being held until midday today at Westgate Leisure Centre, Chichester.

The full document can also be viewed and commented on online from today until May 3 at chichester-consult.limehouse.co.uk/portal or www.chichester.gov.uk/newlocalplan.

The plan will be on show at Chichester District Council offices and libraries throughout the consultation period.

Residents can buy a paper copy by calling 01243 534571.

The council has also released an information video on the local plan which can be viewed on its YouTube channel.

Consultation events

Upcoming opportunities for residents to talk to council officers include:

Monday, March 25, 9am to midday, Bracklesham Barn, Bracklesham Bay;

Wednesday, March 27, 6pm to 8.30pm, Chichester Corporate Challenge, The Assembly Rooms, Chichester;

Thursday, March 28, 9am to midday, Bourne Leisure Centre, Southbourne;

Friday, April 5, from 9am to 2pm, Farmers’ Market, Chichester City Centre;

Thursday, April 11, 9am to 12.30pm, Farmers and Village Market; Wisborough Green Village Hall, Wisborough Green;

Friday, April 12, 7pm onwards, Tangmere Village Centre, Tangmere;

Sunday, April 14, 10am to 2pm, Homemade Craft Fair, The Selsey Centre, Selsey;

Friday, April 19, 9am to midday, Westgate Leisure Centre, Chichester;

Tuesday, April 23, 6.30pm to 8.30pm, Chichester Children and Family Centre, Chichester.

More dates may be added throughout the consultation.

To see the latest events, visit www.chichester.gov.uk/newlocalplan.

Your views

The consultation may have only just launched but you have already been having your say on our Facebook page, on our website and on our letters page.

In his letter, Andrew Irwin, of Chestnut Walk, Tangmere, called attention to the ‘major problems’ of transport, sewage, protection of the harbour and flood risk.

“If the constraints are so huge, and the district so precious, then why is the plan not rejecting the housing numbers proposed, and offering to provide only the affordable houses that our current residents and their children will need over the plan period, as other district councils have done for their community?” he wrote.

On our Facebook page, Lynn Boxall wrote: “No thanks, we already flood with heavy rain. The whole of Chichester is a disgrace now, not enough drainage. Eventually every bit of green land will be concrete, 100 per cent against any further buildings.”

However, Rachel Moxham offered an alternative view: “Depends how affordable they are. People my age have been priced out of the city.”