When was the Part 1 outline application, and what did the application include?
In April 2018, the Section 106 Agreement associated with the Part 1 outline planning application for Whitehouse Farm was signed.
The Part 1 outline consent established the principle of developing the site with up to 750 new homes, including 30% affordable homes.
The Part 1 outline application also included the provision of:
- A local centre, incorporating employment and retail space
- A new community building within the development
- A medical centre
- A primary school or land reserved for future provision
- Informal and formal open space, including a Country Park, children’s play area, allotments, sports pitches and landscaping
Why is development proposed here?
Policy 15 of Chichester District Council’s adopted Local Plan details the strategic allocation of land West of Chichester (known as Whitehouse Farm) for a mixed-use development comprising:
- 1,600 new homes
- 6 hectares of employment land
- Neighbourhood centre/community hub (incorporating local shops, a community centre, small offices and a primary school)
- Open space and green infrastructure, including a Country Park
The Part 1 outline application formed the first phase of this wider strategic allocation.
What studies and technical work has been undertaken to assess the suitability of this site?
Extensive studies and technical assessments have been carried out to assess the suitability of the site, these include an Environmental Assessment which assessed:
- Ecology and Habitat
- Landscape and Visual Impact
- Transport and Access
- Water Environment
- Archaeology and Cultural Heritage
- Air Quality and Odour
In addition, the following reports were also prepared:
- Geotechnical Report
- Economic Report
- Energy Report
- Statement of Community Involvement
- Planning Statement
- Utilities Statement
What will be included in the reserved matters applications?
Full details on each reserved matters application are available on the Reserved Matters Applications page.
When will the reserved matters applications be submitted?
The first reserved matters application was submitted in June 2018, and covers primary infrastructure.
Subsequent reserved matters applications, dealing with the other aspects of the Part 1 outline application, will be submitted in due course.
How much will Miller Homes and Vistry Homes pay in financial contributions? And what will this money be spent on?
Details of the financial contributions (via Section 106 agreement / Community Infrastructure Levy) are included in the Section 106 agreement between Miller Homes, Vistry Homes and Chichester District Council that was signed in April 2018.
In addition to this, Miller Homes and Vistry Homes will also provide an appropriate contribution to the funding of off-site highways improvement works in accordance with the impact of the development.
As part of the Part 1 outline application, Miller Homes and Vistry Homes are also providing extensive facilities for the benefit of the local community, including a new medical centre, primary school, public open space (including a Country Park), sports facilities and employment and retail space.
What will happen to Centurion Way?
There will be no diversion of Centurion Way as part of Part 1 of Whitehouse Farm.
If any diversion of Centurion Way is required, this will be considered as part of Part 2 of the development. Miller Homes and Vistry Homes will undertake pre-application consultation when bringing forward proposals for Part 2, and if any diversion to Centurion Way is proposed, this will be part of this consultation.
On top of Miller Homes and Vistry Homes’ own consultation, there will also be further statutory consultation processes regarding any potential diversion of Centurion Way.
At this stage, it is too early to give a timescale for when proposals for Part 2 at Whitehouse Farm will be brought forward, but it will be extensively publicised.
Access, traffic & parking information
How is the site accessed?
The main vehicular access serving Part 1 will be from Old Broyle Road, with a temporary access from Clay Lane to serve the Part 1 playing pitches and pumping station / foul water plant.
Are the traffic and access arrangements safe?
Yes, the vehicular access to the scheme (including access for emergency vehicles) is safe and was agreed as part of the Part 1 outline application.
What infrastructure improvements are proposed? And who will fund them?
The Part 1 outline planning application includes important infrastructure improvements in Chichester. Miller Homes and Vistry Homes will either deliver these directly, or make financial contributions to these improvements.
Infrastructure that Miller Homes and Vistry Homes will deliver includes:
- New junctions to access the site
- Sherborne Road Traffic Calming
- Westgate Traffic Calming
- A286/West Street roundabout modification to signal junction
- Sherborne Road/Westage mini roundabout modification
- Cathedral Way roundabout junction modification
- Sherborne Road/Old Broyle junction modification (subject to monitoring)
- Gateway feature on Old Broyle Road
- Clay Lane junction modification
Infrastructure that Miller Homes and Vistry Homes will contribute towards includes:
- A27 improvement works
- Northgate Gyratory (CIL)
- Cycle route improvements
- Brandy Hole Lane traffic calming
- Bus contribution
Have you investigated whether the surrounding roads can cope with any additional traffic?
Our Transport Assessment has evaluated the impact of future traffic on surrounding roads, including Sherborne Road and Parkway. Improvements to these, and other roads, are secured and agreed as part of the Part 1 outline application.
How will the increase in traffic on local roads be mitigated?
Miller Homes and Vistry Homes are also in discussions with the Highways Agency and West Sussex County Council regarding a number of highways improvements.
The development will likely be served by a new, regular bus link from the City Centre, while new and improved cycle and pedestrian routes linking the City with the site, Fishbourne and the South Downs National Park will promote sustainable forms of transport, thereby reducing the need for private car-ownership.
Is the number of car parking spaces provided sufficient to cater for number of new homes?
The level of car parking provision will be in accordance with the policy expectations of the relevant planning and highway authorities.
The provision of a network of safe and convenient cycle and pedestrian highways will encourage cycling and walking, while the site’s sustainable location, with good public transport links, will reduce the need for private car-ownership.
Flooding & drainage information
Is the site susceptible to flooding? What measures have been taken to safeguard against this?
We are aware that the fields to the south have been known to become waterlogged during heavy rainfall events. Appropriate mitigation has been agreed in the Phase 1 outline application.
Surface water on site will be resolved by utilising Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS). Rainfall run-off from the roads, parking areas and houses will discharge into the new SuDS ponds and basins located within the Country Park. These basins are being designed to provide temporary storage of the surface water as well as to provide ecological enhancement and landscape amenity to this part of the site.
How will sewage be treated?
Miller Homes and Vistry Homes will be providing utilities and drainage infrastructure with an on-site foul sewage package treatment plant or pumping station with connection to Tangmere Waste Water Treatment Works.
Will this impact on Chichester Harbour?
Given the site’s existing agricultural use, the application of fertilisers has a detrimental impact on the Harbour and it has been established that this will not increase following the site’s development.
The proposed sewage treatment will result in much lower discharge limits for potential pollutants than the existing Southern Water facilities at Appuldram and Tangmere.
Ecology, conservation & environment information
What wildlife is on site, and what will be done to mitigate the impact of this development on wildlife?
An Environmental Impact Assessment has been completed to establish the impact of this proposed development on the local environment.
Miller Homes and Vistry Homes are committed to protecting wildlife and promoting biodiversity. We are seeking to protect and enhance the setting of Brandy Hole Copse Local Nature Reserve and retain and preserve existing Ancient Woodland.
A natural green buffer on the western boundary of the site will form a continuation of existing natural areas and form a wildlife corridor. Meanwhile, the land north of the B2178 will be in open use, free from built development, to protect the natural history interest of both Brandy Hole Copse, and the setting of Chichester including archaeology and views of Chichester Cathedral.
The Part 1 outline application includes new open space and green infrastructure including a Country Park.
What has been done to protect the wildlife on site so far?
The process of capturing and translocating reptiles from the Part 1 site was successfully completed in October 2018.
The works, which were overseen by the project team’s trained ecological consultants, took place in two phases over two years. The translocation programme was carefully scheduled to take place during the optimum time of the year to enable translocated animals to find a place to hibernate.
What impact will the development have on the Chichester Conservation Area?
The proposal has been carefully assessed in the context of Chichester Conservation Area with particular attention having been paid to ensuring views of Chichester Cathedral will be retained.
Construction of the Northern Access and associated infrastructure, which once complete, will provide access (via Old Broyle Road) to the new homes to be delivered on the Part 1 site, commenced on 6th January 2020.
In order to carry out these works, is will be necessary to use large vehicles and Miller Homes and Vistry Homes recognise the importance of minimising the impact of their use.
To achieve this, large vehicles over 3.5 tonnes travelling to and from this part of the site should only be permitted to use Prescribed Route A (see above). This Route was agreed by Chichester District Council, in consultation with West Sussex County Council (the relevant highways authority), as part of the Section 106 agreement associated with the outline planning application for the Part 1 site.
All drivers of large vehicles travelling to and from this part of the site will be requested to abide with the Prescribed Route and should local residents wish to report any instances of large vehicles deviating from the Prescribed Route, they are encouraged to contact the project team via 0800 2987040 or email@example.com to provide the vehicle registration and company name where possible.
How will construction be managed to minimise disruption and ensure safe working practices?
Miller Homes and Vistry Homes are committed to ensuring that construction is carried out in considerate manner, with steps taken to minimise any disruption caused.
Subject to the approval of the reserved matters applications, a Construction Management Plan will be established in conjunction with Chichester District Council before work begins on site.
Where will construction vehicles access and exit the site? What restrictions will be placed on the movements of construction traffic?
The restrictions placed on construction traffic will be set at a later date via a Construction Environmental Management Plan (CEMP), which would need to be approved by the local authority before work can begin. This also outlines other restrictions during construction, such as working hours, and details measures to deal with problems such as dust and noise.