Chichester housing plan is approved

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A HOUSING masterplan that should see thousands of new homes being built has been approved by the government.

After years of negotiation and argument, the blueprint for Chichester’s future has survived a torrent of criticism to get government approval.

The green light for Chichester’s local plan means 1,250 homes will be built west of Chichester, 500 homes to the north-east of Chichester and 1,000 homes at Tangmere before 2029.

A total of 500 homes will be built at Shopwyke Lakes, near the A27 Oving crossroads. This already has planning permission.

The district council was under pressure from developers to up the number of houses, including the ‘settlement hubs’ at Southbourne, East Wittering and Bracklesham.

However, the government inspector sided with the council, saying this number can remain at 350 at Southbourne and 180 at East Wittering and Bracklesham.

Around 235 homes will be built around Chichester city.