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New short-term planning guidance is introduced


New planning guidance for Chichester District has been introduced to make sure that sufficient housing is built over the next five years. The guidance aims to provide a short-term solution, until the future plan for the district (the Local Development Framework) is complete.

"The Government requires us to demonstrate that we have a five year housing land supply and at present we are falling short", says Cllr Janet Duncton, Cabinet Member for Planning at Chichester District Council.

"We are progressing with our future plan for the district (the Local Development Framework), but until this is complete we must rely on policies from the previous Local Plan and guidance from the Government.

"These policies help, but we need this additional guidance to bring forward sites to fill a gap and get housing built for sale and for rent.

"It will also help us to avoid demands to grant planning permission for sites that would otherwise be inappropriate."

The Local Development Framework will help shape our district and decide where future housing should be placed in the longer term.

"We have been working on the Local Development Framework for some time, but due to changes – nationally and locally – we have had to adapt the way it is created. All of the research and feedback already gathered will continue to be used," says Janet.

"Recently, we have seen the introduction of the South Downs National Park Authority (SDNPA) in our district. This means that our plan will no longer cover the entire district. Instead, it will include the south of the district (Chichester, Tangmere, Selsey, East Wittering and Bracklesham); and parts of the north-east (including the villages of Kirdford, Loxwood and Wisborough Green).

"We will not set the housing targets of the SDNP. However, we will work in partnership with them to make sure that the plans for both areas complement one another."

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