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Changes to the Current Planning System – September 2020

Donnington Parish Council responded to the Government’s Changes to the Planning System consultation.  A copy of our response is below:

Donnington Parish Council would like to endorse and echo the comments made by Chichester District Council in relation to this Consultation (copy attached).  In particular, the effect of the new calculation on housing numbers is particularly of concern.  There is no flexibility to take account of the unique features of an area like Chichester District, which features a National Park, AONB and SSI sites.  The impact of the uplift in the threshold at which social housing must be delivered by developers will impact the number of homes which are available for local people, a real issue given house prices in the District.

It would further endorse the resolution of the District Council at a meeting held on 22nd September 2020, which reads:

This Council calls on the Government to withdraw its proposals, contained in its consultation on Changes to the Current Planning System, for altering the Standard Methodology for calculating housing delivery targets and raising the on-site Affordable Housing provision threshold, so that full consideration of the consequences of these proposals can be considered as part of its wider Planning for the Future White Paper.

In the interim, this Council calls on the Government to genuinely support local democracy by supporting rather than undermining the Local Plan and Neighbourhood Plan making processes, recognising and allowing for genuine constraints upon development and making Ministerial interventions as required to enable meaningful community involvement and influence.”

Chichester District Council response [doc] 39KB

Chichester Parking Management Plan consultation February 2020

The consultaton for the proposed new parking measures which affect many roads in Donnington has ended.

A27 consultation

Build A better A27 final report

Donnington have been participating in the ‘Build a better A27’ community workshops to support finding a way forward for improvements to the A27 at Chichester.

This is the report that Systra, the consultant’s supporting the ‘Build a better A27’ initiative, have produced which outlines two concepts for the A27.

Chichester District Council, West Sussex County Council and our MP will consider what should be put forward to Highways England to consider as a candidate for Road Investment Strategy 2 (RIS2).

In Autumn 2019, the decision regarding which projects will be included in RIS 2 will be announced by the Secretary of State for Transport.

If Chichester is announced as project in RIS 2, there will then be a full public consultation.


Response For Donnington Parish council To A27 Chichester bypass improvement scheme consultation – July 2016

Please find to download on the right the response for Donnington Parish Council to the A27 Chichester bypass improvement scheme consultation July 2016.


The presentation pack for the A27 Chichester bypass improvement scheme – have your say

Please select the link on the right to download the A27 Chichester bypass improvement scheme Have Your Say presentation pack.


Meeting – A27 Chichester bypass improvement scheme

You are invited to a meeting to discuss the A27 Chichester Bypass Improvement Scheme consultation.

We need to hear your views in order to give feedback from our community to Highways England on the proposals contained in the A27 Chichester Bypass Improvement Scheme consultation.

Please join us on 5th September 2016, Stockbridge Parish Hall at 7.30pm

More information is contained in the flyer attached to the right.

Please select the link on the right to download the A27 Chichester bypass improvement scheme Have Your Say presentation pack.


Options on A27 – update

Attached is an update on options for the A27 – including a “No Option” selection

Official: Residents can vote for an A27 bypass alternative.

Highways England is giving local residents the opportunity to let them know if they believe that none of the proposed A27 options will benefit them by ticking the option box in its questionnaire labelled ‘NO OPTION’. Residents are also being invited to make alternative suggestions for traffic improvement in a separate box. These alternatives CAN include other bypass options, including those previously considered, whose details can be found on Highways England’s website.

Figures provided by Highways England suggest that none of the proposals currently under consultation will make significant savings on local journey times and several of them will actually increase some local journeys times. Meanwhile, four of the five options will restrict local traffic movements by including NO RIGHT HAND TURNS at the Stockbridge and Whyke junctions. This will involve local traffic making longer journeys along the A27, rat running through Chichester, travelling through the interior of the Manhood Peninsula, or the villages of North Mundham and Runcton. When the A286 to the Witterings or the B2145 to Selsey are congested or blocked, residents’ ability to use alternative routes will be severely reduced. Option 2, which proposes a link road from the Fishbourne Roundabout across the A286, the B2201, the Canal and joining the B2145/B2166 roundabout while removing the Stockbridge and Whyke road roundabouts, will mean Selsey traffic will also become blocked by West Wittering beach traffic.

ChichesterDeservesBetter, the campaign group opposing the Northern Bypass, has already stated that all the options except Option 2 are just sticking plasters that will not improve traffic in the longer term. Best4Chichester, however, argues that Option 2 is simply a more expensive sticking plaster that will, according to Highways England, require upgrading just 13 years after its completion. Information on the Highways own website shows that Option 2 is only 10% cheaper than Option 5, one of the Northern Bypass options. The Northern Bypass, Option 5 in the Highways England study, meanwhile, brings far more benefits for both through and local traffic with less impact on the Chichester Harbour AONB, the visitor economy and local people’s day to day lives.

Comparisons between Option 2 (Fishbourne to Hunston Link Road) and Option 5 (Northern Bypass).

Option 2 will cost £280.2 million, require the removal of 20 homes, will involve the creation of a raised road (due to flood risk) across open fields on one of the last remaining undeveloped coastal plains in the south east. The Option 2 link road will be completed in 2022 but will have reached capacity by 2035 when it will require upgrading to a part-dual carriageway. (Before joining the single lane road to the Wittering Beaches!). The construction delay costs (or costs incurred by business and residents due to disruption during construction) are estimated to be £25 million for Option 2, more than 30 times higher than the £0.8 million costs for Option 5. A major fact to be considered is the impact of traffic disruption on the Manhood Peninsula’s important tourism economy, which represents over half the entire Chichester District tourism economy. The Fishbourne flyover and link road will have ‘signficant adverse effects’ on the Fishbourne and Chichester Conservation Areas and the Chichester Harbour AONB and the Manhood peninsula’s natural habitat and landscape. The degradation to the environment, loss of important views of the Cathedral and Downs from the peninsula and the impairment to recreational cycling and walking across the Manhood will also impact the local visitor economy. In addition, Option 2 results in worsening noise levels, while Option 5 shows an overall noise improvement.

Option 5 will cost £307.80 million (10% more than Option 2), require the removal of 8 homes (60% less than Option 2), and will involve the construction of a partially new road circumventing the northern edge of Chichester, outside of the South Downs National Park and south of Lavant. Option 5 shows ‘higher journey time improvements across all routes’ than Option 2. Option 5 also will create better access to Goodwood and improve accessibility to other tourism locations in the area, including the coast. The predicted reduction in accident costs for Option 5 is £73.6 million, compared to just £8.4 million for Option 2, while air improvement is also better for Option 5 than for Option 2.

The Chichester Observer is running a poll where local residents can vote for their favourite option currently under consultation. Readers can also vote for NONE OF THEM. By choosing to reject all the options currently out for consultation does NOT mean no bypass or improvements in the future but will make Highways understand local’s concerns and work harder to address them.