​NEWS & EVENTS

Neighbourhood Plan Update February 2019

Since the last update we have now received a detailed email from Chichester DC planning team giving more information about their plans to resolve the legal issues about the Habitats Regulations and the need for Strategic Environmental Assessments for the relevant Neighbourhood Plans caught up in this debacle.

 

Effectively it means that our plan is in a queue behind Selsey and Westbourne as their plans are further advanced. It probably means we will encounter another 4/5 month delay.

 

We will respond appropriately but are reluctantly resided to the fact that this situation is a fait accompli.

 

In the meantime, can I remind everyone that the Chichester District Council have embarked on the consultation process for their own Chichester Local Plan Review Preferred Approach Consultation - December 2018 to February 2019.

 

This is a 5 year review of their made plan which all Neighbourhood Plans will need to comply with or have housing imposed. It is this document which requires another 50 houses in Boxgrove during 1-5 years increasing to 115 in total over 5-10 years.

This consultation lasts until 7 February 2019. Comments should be made through the portal at the web address below or local events.

 

www.chichester.gov.uk/localplanreview

 

Clearly, one issue is how thousands more houses can be justified and what assurances we can be given for infrastructure improvements such as the A27, alternative transport and waste management being in place beforehand. 

 

The Neighbourhood Plan process is supposed to be about local democracy.

If you have strong feelings about this subject, please participate in the consultation and/or write to your councillor and/or MP.

 

The Boxgrove Neighbourhood Plan can be viewed on the dedicated website

https://www.boxgrovenp.co.uk/

 

David Leah 

Chair, Boxgrove Neighbourhood Plan Team                            4 February 2019

 

Neighbourhood Plan Update January 2019

 

As agreed at the December Parish Council meeting our clerk wrote to Mike Allgrove at CDC to chase the previous unanswered correspondence.

 

A response was finally received on 17 Dec. This advised that the Habitats Reg assessment had been completed and that potentially a SEA would be required. This is about any effects that our plan may have on the bat’s habitat in the long disused Singleton and Cocking railway tunnels. He also mentioned that in terms of their priorities the Selsey and Westbourne NP’s are ahead of Boxgrove.

We will be given a timetable for our plan after their SEA’s have been completed.

 

On 18 Dec 2018, Gillian Keegan made a reply to my request for help dated 6 Nov 2018.  This reply advised that my request would be investigated at a meeting in the New Year with the relevant leaders at CDC. To date nothing further has been received.

 

A further email was received on 18 Dec 2018, also from Mike Allgrove’s office stating that the screening indicated that out NP would not impact on the habitat concerned and that this would be signed off and sent to our plan examiner. This clearly seemed to contradict with the previous advice and we have asked for clarification.

 

Today, 7 Jan, I was advised that we would be sent a further email explaining this complicated situation. Clearly CDC are themselves having difficulty with this issue.

 

In the meantime, Chichester District Council have embarked on the consultation process for their own Chichester Local Plan Review Preferred Approach Consultation - December 2018 to February 2019.

 

This is a 5 year review of their made plan which all Neighbourhood Plans will need to comply with or have housing imposed. It is this document which requires another 50 houses in Boxgrove during 1-5 years increasing to 115 in total over 5-10 years.

 

This consultation lasts until 7 February 2019. Comments should be made through the portal at the web address below or local events.

www.chichester.gov.uk/localplanreview

Clearly, one issue is how thousands more houses can be justified and what assurances we can be given for infrastructure improvements such as the A27, alternative transport and waste management being in place beforehand. 

 

The Neighbourhood Plan process is supposed to be about local democracy.

If you have strong feelings about this subject, please participate in the consultation and/or write to your councillor and/or MP.

 

David Leah

Chair, Boxgrove Neighbourhood Plan Team                            7 January 2019

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