Planning Last Updated: 16 March 2021

Planning Issues

Planning Applications reviewed by SRA

We review current planning applications at every meeting, as recorded in the minutes
and detailed in our Planning Reports ... as follows :-

  • March 2021
  • January 2021
  • November 2020
  • September 2020
  • July 2020
  • May 2020
  • Planning applications can be viewed on Chichester District Council’s website here.

    The Daffoldil Field - Raughmere Meadows


    Outline Application with all matters reserved (except for access) for the development of 140 dwellings, public open space, landscaping, parking and associated works.
    The committee of the Summersdale Residents Association wish you to be aware of this outline planning application for "Raughmere Meadows", an estate of 140 houses between Chichester and Lavant on land that we used to call the Daffodil Field. The proposed development would be in the SE half of the site, with the NW side reserved for a "Country Park". Some residents will have received Berkeley's marketing brochure, whose content can be viewed on their website
    Application documents and comments may be found by entering reference 20/02675/OUT on the planning portal (click "View Planning Applications"). You may wish to focus on the following:

  • Planning Statement
  • Landscape Visual Appraisal
  • Design & Access Statement
  • The proposal appears timed to take advantage of the delay by the Chichester District Planning Authority in updating the Local Plan in response to ever-increasing housing targets. Needless to say the area is not designated for housing in either the Interim Policy Statement for Housing Development, nor the Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessment 2020. Key points are:
  • It reduces the strategic gap between Chichester and Lavant
  • It is under an active flight path to and from Goodwood Aerodrome
  • There remains the possibility of the A27 Bypass in the northern part of the site?
  • SRA are monitoring the situation closely and are liaising with our local councillors and Lavant Parish Council, as well as the South Downs National Park Authority, the Goodwood Estate, and the Chichester Society, to ensure a consistent response.

    Concerned residents are advised to keep any objections general at this stage but be prepared to be more specific as and when the matter goes before a Planning Inspector, assuming that the District Council refuses the application in the first instance.

    The official deadline for comments is 25 NOVEMBER 2020.
    Comments may be sent to the District Council Offices (1 East Pallant, Chichester PO19 1TY) or, to avoid delay, submitted online via the planning portal (link above)

    Links for more information :-

  • Our copy of the site plan is here
  • Goodwood flight path(s) are shown on this map
  • Berkeley Homes' website is here
  • And archive of our notes from the 2013 plans here
  • Whitehouse Farm

    The City Council have proposed a 'land swap' whereby Bishop Luffa School would be re-built on the Whitehouse Farm development and the new houses this would displace, built on the current Bishop Luffa site. Details are here

    Miller Homes, the Whitehouse Farm Developers, ran a short lived 'virtual public consultation'.
    More details here

    And the Chichester Society have current status of the development here

    Madgwick Village

    Outline planning permision is being sought to build 165 houses to the west of Magwick Lane. That's in addition to the 300 currently being built to the east of the lane and the 200 east of Graylingwell.
    The Planning application (20/02824/OUT) can be found here

    Westhampnett/North East Chichester SDL Land North East Of Graylingwell Park - Phase 2

    The SRA is monitoring this development, in particular the proposed pedestrian / cycleway that will run to the end of Fordwater Road, near the bridge over the River Lavant. At the northern end it would run between the River Lavant and houses on Maplehurst Road.

    For further details see Planning Application 19/03191/REM on the CDC website: Application for reserved matters (appearance, landscaping, layout and scale ) for residential development comprising up to 200 dwellings, including an element of affordable housing, associated landscaping and open space.

    Your Voice Counts

    Any objections to planning applications can be sent via the CDC website or by letter to :-

       Head of Development and Building Control Services,
       Chichester District Council,
       East Pallant House,
       1 East Pallant,
       West Sussex

    Mark as “Objection” and include the reference number.

    Planning Queries: Chichester District Council:

    Click here to view the CDC Planning Screen. Once at the welcome screen, check the menu items and choose the service you require.

    Summersdale Neighbourhood Character Appraisal

    We produced a report in 2008 which serves as a reference in planning matters in our area. Its summary describes its purpose thus :-

    It was "written in conjunction with the Chichester City Planning and Conservation Committee, was limited to the oldest properties and roads in the suburb. It describes the history and distinctive visual character of the neighbourhood, and provides a framework for limited and sensitive development, while protecting the long established character and heritage of the area.

    A case is made for either an appropriate Conservation policy, or a comprehensive Local Listing of buildings 'the character and appearance of which it is desirable to preserve or enhance' (PPG15). It also makes a strong case against demolition, and puts quality well before quantity in any re-development. There are no current opportunities for large scale development in the prescribed area and few, if any, for appropriate infill re-development. The area needs no re-generation per se, and the local demand for other than established family homes should be easily absorbed by the large residential developments nearby at Graylingwell Hospital and the Roussillon Barracks.

    Update March 2021

    The 2008 release of the Appraisal was adopted as an Annexe to the Chichester Town Plan Document as revised in September 2009.

    Unfortunately it was not taken up by the District Council owing to lack of resources, and recent years have seen significant re-development, especially on the Lavant Road.

    We have now updated the document to reflect recent developments, and included some suggested Development Criteria that we hope can be adopted as Supplementary Planning Guidance. In the interest of brevity the historical background and architectural detail have been relegated to a separate Appendix.

    We hope that it can be included in the City Council's new Neighbourhood Plan currently under development (though unfortunately subject to delay), so in the meantime it is available here as a guideline for formulating and assessing new development proposals.

  • The full revised document is here
  • The History and Architecture Appendix here
  • And the original 2008 Appraisal here