Planning for future on vulnerable West Sussex coastline

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CLIMATE change and the threat of coastal erosion have helped to formulate a planning blueprint for a low-lying peninsula.

Residents, businesses, parish councils and environmental bodies have helped draw up the report, which covers the Manhood Peninsula near Chichester.

The document is the culmination of 10 years work and is one of the first of its kind in the country.

It is a strategic view of how the coast and its communities should be managed, taking into account the changing coastline.

It will influence Chichester District Council when it makes planning decisions about the peninsula.

Councillor John Connor, in charge of environment in Chichester, said: ‘The peninsula is a unique area so it required an innovative plan was needed for it. The aim was to make sure local people and all sea and coastal users have a say in the way the coast is developed and used.

‘This document describes what people want.’

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