Chichester braced for homes explosion

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CHICHESTER and its surrounding villages could see a housing explosion over the next decade after possible locations for thousands of new homes were revealed this week.

Five options have been put forward – with the first earmarking land near Goodwood airfield and motor circuit for up to 1,100 new homes, as well as 1,500 homes at Tangmere.

Added to that are 700 homes at Portfield/Shopwhyke, around 300 at Southbourne, about 450 at East Wittering and Bracklesham, up to 150 at Selsey, and up to 650 elsewhere in the area. Specific sites would be identified later.

The options – for housing up to 2028 – were revealed as part of a detailed report aimed at devising a planning document called a ‘core strategy’.

Cllr Janet Duncton, who is in charge of housing and planning at Chichester District Council, said: ‘We desperately need more affordable housing to be built, but the recession has slowed things down.

‘We know we have to cater for growth in the population, and so we want to hear from residents, developers and partners on what they think we should be providing, and where.’