Area News

Planning for the district's future

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Chichester DC LDF LogoA new planning framework for the district is being prepared – the Local Development Framework (LDF) by Chichester District Council.  It will shape the way we live in the district over the next ten to twenty years.

Chichester District Council will be consulting on a Core Strategy Options For Growth Document as part of the Local Development Framework between 4th January and 1st February 2010. The Core Strategy will replace the Local Plan and will set out the framework for development across the District up to 2026. Once the Options For Growth document has been approved by Council on 15th December you can visit our website to be part of this consultation.

This will be your opportunity to influence where future developments across the Chichester District will be located and how these should be supported by infrastructure.

For information relating to the Local Development Framework please visit the following website – www.chichester.gov.uk and follow the link to Environment & Planning, then Local Development Framework.

New South Downs Boundary may run through Cocking

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New proposed boundaries have been published that exclude Midhurst, Petworth, Fernhurst, Milland, Northchapel, Petersfield and Liss from the plans for a South Downs National Park. The revised boundary, based on the inspector's recommendation, runs south around Midhurst crossing the A286 less than 200 metres north of the turning to Heyshott (Bex Lane).

Maps can be viewed on the Natural England website - click here for a link . The revised boundary is only 'indicative and will be subject to a further period of consultation assuming that the Minister decides to reopen the South Downs public inquiry in late 2007. The consultation period on that decision runs from 2nd July to 13th August 2007.

National Park - It's 31st March

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South Downs Map

Having announced his decision to create the South Downs National Park last March, Hilary Benn, Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs announced today (12 November 2009) that the new park will come into being on 31 March 2010 and confirmed its boundary.  Cocking will of course be right in the middle of the new National Park even if it doesn't appear to be in the middle of the DEFRA map.

For further information, newsletters and much other material, visit the South Downs Joint Committee web site at http://www.southdownsonline.org/

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