ONE of the area’s most treasured beauty spots could be threatened by a government shake-up of planning, it has been warned.
Chichester Harbour Conservancy, which manages the harbour, has warned that the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is under threat from the government’s proposed National Planning Policy Framework.
The review is aimed at promoting economic growth and some fear it could make it easier for developers to get planning permission.
Conservancy leaders are concerned that this will allow development to go ahead without due regard to its quality or location.
At present, the conservancy is consulted on all planning applications within and near to the AONB and are able to comment and advise so that developments have a minimal impact on the protected landscape.
Conservancy director Siun Cranny said: ‘These new plans could fundamentally affect both the AONB and the wider landscape. As one of the smallest AONBs, Chichester Harbour is particularly vulnerable as it lies so near to the main towns of Chichester and Havant.
‘Development within or close to its boundaries would threaten the landscape quality and the quality of life for the local communities. We are not against new developments but want to ensure that the right developments happen in the right places to the benefit of our communities now and in the future.’