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Neighbourhood Plan News
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Neighbourhood Plan News

Latest updates:

2 December 2020

An updated highways background paper has been published. Consultation on this is not taking place at present but will follow in due course.

Download a copy of the Highways Background Paper v2.0 here

26 November 2020

Highways consultation withdrawn

Following consultation with CDC, we've withdrawn the Highways consultation and background paper for further work. This will be re-issued in due course to reflect the withdrawal of CDC's "link road" option, which is no longer being considered by CDC.

9 November 2020

As part of our evidence gathering process, we are putting together some background documents setting out issues and options on a number of subjects we want to hear from you about.

The first one relates to a potential land swap and new extended Bishop Luffa School development within the White House Farm site, with the existing school site then allocated for housing to fund the new build school.

Chichester City Neighbourhood Plan - Land swap background paper

VOTE - Chichester Neighbourhood Plan - Land swap options

Voting for this poll closes on 15/12/2020.

In addition, we have just published our Trees and Green Spaces Report (large file)

21 July 2020

The Minutes of the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group meeting held on the 26 June 2020 have been published. You can view them by clicking the following link:

Chichester Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group Minutes - 26 June 2020

6 July 2020

Neighbourhood Plan training is being finalised ready for launch later this month. This will involve online training where residents can learn all about Neighbourhood Plans and how to make them. Following this we will be setting up and leading “working groups” where residents will be completing some planning assessments of their area of the city. This work and any follow up work on the issues raised, together with any further technical studies, will feed into the Neighbourhood Plan’s Vision, objectives, policies and aspirations, which we’ll go on to develop in due course.

24 June 2020

We are now in the process of having some technical work undertaken:

Trees and Green Spaces: This will inform and evidence the creation of a “green network” of trees and green spaces through and around Chichester, identifying opportunities for improvements or new planting serving local ecology and encouraging the use and enjoyment of these spaces.

Carbon Reduction Study: This is completed but is an overview rather than being Chichester-focussed.

Summersdale Character Appraisal Work: This will assess and evidence policies to protect the area’s special character.

Railway underpass study: This will explore the physical feasibility of providing an underpass at Basin Road rail crossing. Further work on the impact of this and a holistic review at the local road network and potential improvements will follow.

Zero Carbon viability study: This will assess whether a policy requiring all new housing to be carbon neutral would be viable.

17 January 2020

The results of the first Neighbourhood Plan have now been compiled.

There was an excellent response with over 1650 completed surveys. The response to the questions regarding age/gender/ethnicity showed that the demographic profile of those completing the survey indicated that a broad cross section of the residents of Chichester had taken part. This profile was broadly in line with the make up of the population of Chichester as indicated by the 2011 census.

A large number of submissions and representations were also received from outside the survey including letters, meetings with groups and individuals and social media contacts. These will also feed into the next stages of the process.

Word Clouds have been used to represent the suggestions people made for questions 3 and 16 (what does Chichester need and what else should we include in the Plan). The size of the words correspond with how often they featured in comments, bigger words featuring more often. All the comments and suggestions will be looked at individually as we take the Plan forward.

The results show support for environmental policies and the preservation of Chichester’s historic character, alongside support for more entertainment and a vibrant city centre.

We will take the survey results to the Neighbourhood Plan Steering group on the 23rd January where working parties will be set up to look into the practicalities of how various aspects of the plan can be taken forward.

Some of the potential policies will require technical work to assess their feasibility.

Further consultation will be undertaken in due course, both to assess the level of support for new suggestions and issues raised, and to take forward the issues people have shown support for by showing options for how these can be implemented.

The full results are available here: Neighbourhood Plan - October 2019 - results and wordclouds

9th December

The Neighbourhood Plan survey is now closed.

Thank you to everyone who took the time to complete one of our surveys.

The results will be published in early January.

14th October

The Chichester Neighbourhood Plan was successfully launched at a well attended public meeting in the Assembly Room, The Council House this evening.

75 people turned up to listen to The Mayor, Councillor Richard Plowman, Councillor Julian Joy and the City Council's Planning Adviser Anna Whitty; outline what the Neighbourhood Plan is and what we hope to achieve by creating it.

After the presentations the attendees, including residents, County, District and City Councillors and local business people; engaged in a lively question and answer session to start the consultation process off.

The presentations are now available online to review here: Chichester Neighbourhood Plan launch presentation - 14-10-19

The notes from the discussions at the meeting are here: Neighbourhood Plan - Public launch meeting notes - 14-10-19

10th October

There is now a Facebook group for the Neighbourhood Plan. Please join in, share your thoughts and help shape the Plan.

Chichester CIty Neighbourhood Plan Facebook group

9th October

We are pleased to announce that Chichester District Council has approved the City Council's application to formally designate the Parish of Chichester City as a Neighbourhood Area.

This is an important building block and allows the City Council to proceed with the development of the Neighbourhood Plan.

Further information is available here:

Chichester City Neighbourhood Plan - supporting documents

2nd October

As part of the public consultation for the Chichester Neighbourhood Plan, Chichester City Council has launched a survey to gather views from the local population about what should or shouldn't be included in the finished Plan.

The survey is available online here:


Paper copies can be obtained from the front desk at The Council House, North Street, Chichester during normal office opening hours. Completed surveys can be returned to the same place.

The survey runs until 5.00PM on Monday 9th December

1st October 2019

It has been announced that the launch of the public consultation process will take place on:

Monday 14th October at 7.00pm

It will be held in:

The Assembly Room, The Council House, North Street, Chichester

All are welcome to come along to find out what it means and how to get involved.

15th July 2019

At an Extraordinary Meeting of Chichester City Council it was resolved that arrangements be put in place for the production of a Neighbourhood Plan for Chichester City.

20th June 2019

Councillors to discuss whether or not Chichester should make a Neighbourhood Plan at the next Planning and Conservation Committee on 26th June 2019.


If you have any further questions or would like more information, please email us at: neighbourhood.plan@chichestercity.gov.uk