The Site and the Outline Application

Background to the Site

The site is located to the west of Chichester (known as Whitehouse Farm).

The site is allocated in Chichester District Council’s adopted Local Plan for a mixed-use development comprising 1,600 new homes, together with employment land, a local centre and public open space.  More information on the Local Plan (including a link to it) is available below.

Part 1 Outline Consent

The Part 1 outline planning consent establishes the principle of developing Part 1 the site with up to 750 new homes, including 30% affordable homes.

The Part 1 outline consent also includes:

  • The provision of a local centre, incorporating employment and retail space
  • A community building
  • Suitable Alternative Natural Green Spaces (SANGs)
  • A medical centre
  • A primary school
  • A country park
  • Children’s play areas
  • Allotments
  • Sports pitches/facilities
  • Landscaping

Chichester Local Plan

The Chichester Local Plan provides Chichester District Council’s vision for the future of Chichester District (outside the South Downs National Park area) and identifies where, when, how much and how development will take place over the period 2014-2029.

Land West of Chichester (Whitehouse Farm) is identified (or “allocated”) under Policy 15 of the Local Plan for a strategic mixed-use development of 1,600 homes (of which 1,250 homes should be delivered during the Plan period); together with 6 hectares of employment land (suitable for B1 Business uses), a neighbourhood centre / community hub, incorporating local shops, a community centre, small offices and a primary school, and open space and green infrastructure, including a Country Park.

The Local Plan is available to read in full here.

Further to this, Chichester District Council is currently in the process of a Local Plan review, which will cover the period 2016-2035. In December 2018, Chichester District Council published their “Preferred Approach” to the Local Plan Review, which can be viewed here. Land West of Chichester remains identified as a site for development as part of the Preferred Approach, which anticipates the delivery of all 1,600 homes by 2035.