Almost 7,000 new homes to be built

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MAJOR plans to build almost 7,000 homes in and around Chichester are set to be submitted to the government for approval.

Chichester District Council’s local plan identifies a need for 6,973 homes over the next 15 years – around 410 homes a year.

According to the council, more than 3,000 of these will come from sites which already have planning permission, have been identified for housing or are so-called windfall sites, which have fewer than six homes planned.

Around 2,950 will come from strategic housing sites.

These include the big four – Shopwyke, West of Chichester, Westhampnett and Tangmere – and smaller sites in Southbourne, Selsey, East Wittering and Bracklesham.

Southbourne is allocated 300 new homes.

The final round of consultation ended on January 6, with 469 comments from residents and businesses.

A spokeswoman for the council said: ‘It is intended the final plan is submitted to the secretary of state by late spring.’