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Neighbourhood Plan

This is the home page of the Chichester Neighbourhood Plan. Here you will find information about what the plan is and how we are going about creating it.

What is the Chichester Neighbourhood Plan?

Neighbourhood planning gives communities direct power to develop a shared vision for their neighbourhood and shape the development and growth of their local area. A neighbourhood plan is a document that sets out planning policies for a local area. The plan will be used to decide whether to approve planning applications, including new buildings (e.g. community facilities) or changes to existing buildings (e.g. giving permission to change land uses within buildings). It can also set out the aims, objectives, and an overall vision for the future of a defined area.

Neighbourhood plans are written by the local community, the people who know and love the area, to ensure the community gets the right types of development, in the right place. Neighbourhood planning is supported by central government through the Localism Act.

The boundary of the Chichester Neighbourhood Plan will be the same as the administrative boundary of Chichester City Council.

You can see the latest news and updates here.

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The Steering Group

The Chichester Neighbourhood Plan is an initiative of Chichester City Council. It is the qualifying body with the authority to prepare the plan under the regulations. However, the City Council is work with other members of the community who are interested in or affected by the issues to allow them to play an active role in preparing a neighbourhood plan. A Steering Group of 12 people has been set up and comprises the following members:

  • Robin Hamilton – Chair of the Steering Group. Owner of local successful furniture business, former commodore of Birdham Yacht Club.
  • Cllr Richard Plowman – Both a City and a District councillor. He has experience of agriculture and the garden industry, project and product management, marketing and events and conferences. Richard has been Mayor of Chichester in 2005, 2019 and 2020.
  • Cllr Julian Joy – City councillor and chair of the City Planning & Conservation Committee. He has strong local connections and is an award-winning architect with green credentials.
  • Cllr Debbie Carter – City councillor and a former nurse. Keen interests in disability, sustainability, and community issues.
  • Cllr Clare Apel – Both a City and a District councillor. Former Mayor in 1996 and 1997 and with strong community links such as work with the Stone Pillow charity.
  • Ash Pal – Chair of the Chichester Community Network. A management consultant and facilitator.
  • Peter Evans – Former Mayor of Chichester in 2017 and 2018. and WSCC Cabinet Member for Youth on West Sussex County Council. Chair of the Chichester Society.
  • Stephen Waine – Dean & Chapter of Chichester Cathedral.
  • Professor Hugo Frey – A cultural and political historian at University of Chichester whose research work focuses on twentieth century France and Francophone Europe.
  • Edward Cooke – Lawyer specialising in family law with a business based in the city. He led the campaign to keep the courts in Chichester and is a keen cyclist.
  • Stuart Hopkins – Local business owner based in Chichester, running the independent Zig Zag shoe shop.
  • Kate Cook – Wellbeing and nutrition expert. Founder of Embrace Chichester and a TV presenter and author.

The neighbourhood plan project receives professional support and advice from Feria Urbanism, a design and planning practice based on the south coast

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How YOU can get involved

The Steering Group of 12 members will manage the overall process but cannot do this successfully without significant contributions from the wider community. Therefore, two informal advisory groups have been established to undertake research and provide planning ideas, design concepts, and evidence to the Steering Group.

  • Technical & Policy Group – Led by Peter Evans, this group will help to formulate planning policy and help develop the plan content. If you have a specific interest in topics such as local history, architecture, landscape design, the environment, business or transport you can contribute your ideas and suggestions to this group. Please click here to contact the group.
  • Community Engagement Group – Led by Ash Pal, this group is the link between the Steering Group and the wider community and will work closely with community groups and resident associations to ensure the views of the whole of the city are reflected in the neighbourhood plan. If you want to work with your local area to generate ideas for the plan, please click here to contact the group.

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PLACE Assessments

The Community Engagement Group led by Ash Pal is running a series of neighbourhood PLACE assessments across the plan area in April and May 2021. If you want to help organise and run a PLACE assessment, please see the download links below (PDF document downloads).

Complete PLACE assessments have now started to arrive. To see how they are progressing and to read some good examples, please visit the PLACE assessment page.

If you live in one of the unassessed areas and would like to get involved, please email the team at Feria Urbanism on describing the area you will cover with reference to street names. The team at Feria Urbanism will then update the main digital survey map to ensure there is no duplication or overlap between groups.

For further information on the PLACE assessments, please contact Ash Pal who is leading the Community Engagement Group.

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Terms of Reference, Meeting Minutes and Agendas

Copies of all meeting agendas and minutes, together with the Steering Group Terms of Reference can be found here via the link below:

Meetings and terms of reference

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Document archive

Copies of background papers, research reports and other materials relevant to the neighbourhood plan process can be found here.

Neighbourhood Plan document archive

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If you have any questions, please contact:

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