Planning Last Updated: 16 November 2020

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 :-

  • 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)

    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.

    This appraisal was adopted by Chichester City Council at its meeting on 9 July 2008."

    Click Here
    for the full report.