THE first step of building a massive 1,600-home estate has been taken.
Plans to develop Whitehouse Farm, west of Chichester, have been submitted to the council.
Linden Homes and Miller Homes have submitted the first stage for 750 homes.
The development would extend westwards from Centurion Way.
The application includes a country park, a local centre with retail, employment, recreation and educational uses and a primary school.
The local plan hearing, which took place towards the end of last year, saw many heated debates over the proposal.
Campaigners including the Chichester Society, ChiCycle and other community groups were opposed to the development.
Speaking at the hearing last September, Richard Childs, chairman of the Chichester Society, said: ‘It’s the equivalent of putting a town whose population size is the equivalent of Midhurst slap bang on the western edge of Chichester.’