Chichester District Council seeking views on its Local Plan

Chichester District provides a unique and rich experience to those who choose to live here or visit our many attractions. From the “jewel in the crown” of a city centre, with its stunning cathedral; nationally recognised cultural offer; and thriving retail opportunities to the sweeping downs and breath-taking coastline. Visitors and residents alike benefit from the unique overtures of our district.

The Local Plan seeks to protect this environment and focuses on building upon the success we have experienced, ensuring that our communities are developed to retain local young people and deliver the facilities required to support both our existing and new communities as they grow. It is the elements we want to protect which constrain our ability to grow and develop. These often unique characteristics are an intrinsic element of our heritage and by protecting these we are ensuring that they will be enjoyed for many generations to come.

The Local Plan (formerly the Local Development Framework) is the document that sets out how we will shape future development in the District, excluding the area within the South Downs National Park, up to 2029.

It includes information on where development will go, contains policies against which planning applications will be assessed, and sets the overall development needs for the district by balancing the need to attract investment, with the protection of important nature designations, buildings and the wellbeing of local communities. It also contains housing targets and potential site allocations to deliver these targets

The Local Plan Key Policies Preferred Approach will shape the way we live in the district over the next fifteen years. We would like you to help with its creation. Consultation on the draft document will take place in the next few weeks. Further information will be provided on our website nearer the time.

Key Dates

March – April 2013

Public consultation on the Local Plan Preferred Approach – Key Policies

October – November 2013

Public consultation on the Pre-Submission Local Plan

It is intended to submit the Local Plan to the Secretary of State in March 2014. This leads to the start of the public examination of the Local Plan. It is intended to adopt the Local Plan in October 2014.

For more information about the emerging Local Plan or to receive automatic notification of future consultations and planning policy documents, please visit our website, email or telephone 01243 534571.