- Feb 2020 – Chichester Council new local biodiversity action plan
- Jan 2020 – decision on appointment of CDC Climate Emergency Officer
- 26 Nov – Southern Gateway development partner appointed
- mid Nov – Chichester Councillors debate revised Local Plan 2019 – 2039
- 24 Oct – East-West parishes meet CDC to review housing allocations
- 16 Oct – CDC meet Housing Minister to review housing allocations
- 30 Sept – Whitehouse farm planning review at CDC
- 30 Sept – SOHV and parishes meet CDC to review water treatment
- 5 Sept – Planning and Infrastructure Panel (DPIP)
- 4 Sept – Council housing strategy and parish housing allocation review
- 3 Sept – closed cabinet meeting re Local Development Scheme
- 3 Sept – Chichester Council Air quality action plan published
- 3 Sept – Bracklesham Bay development options appraisal
- 29 July – SOHV meets Gillian Keegan re climate & housing issues
- 23 July – Tangmere CPO and Southern Gateway progress update
- 18 July – CDC Development Plan and Infrastructure Panel meeting
- 11 July – District Councillor briefing on latest housing research
- 11 July – SOHV raises Nitrate-neutral house building at CDC meeting
- 10 July – 9 out of 10 water companies failing to protect the environment
- 10 July – first planning committee with new District Councillors
- 9 July – SOHV helps drive declaration of Climate Emergency by CDC
- 2 July – SOHV climate change video shows effects of 40C warming on coasts
- 25 June – Southern Water hit with £126m punishment for spills of wastewater
- 17 June – District Councillor briefing on housing, environment & infrastructure
- 6 June – Wildlife under serious threat – article and video in Chichester Observer
- 22 May – SOS-C says review housing plan to avoid enormous damage to harbour
- 20 May – 585 house Shopwyke development – major A27 roadworks until 2020
- 15 May – Meeting with Chichester Council to discuss new housing affordability
- 14 May – CHANE meeting for councillors and local groups with concerns about what 500 houses means for residents, wildlife, the environment and the harbour
- 7 May – work starts on new £22m sewage pipeline 10km long – due end 2020
- 3 May – Conservatives lose Council majority – find your district councillor here
- 2 May – Local District Councillor elections in new revised Chichester Districts
- 1 May – Residents start to undertake surveys to show wildlife corridors are needed. Download your own wildlife guide & wildlife and hedgerow survey
- 25 April – Chidham & Hambrook Parish in the Chichester Observer – click here
- 13 April – local resident photo shoot to protest at allocation of 500 houses
Chidham and Hambrook – a rural Parish example
In just six years Chidham, Hambrook and Nutbourne East has had 260 new houses built, growing our three villages by 36%. Yet many of the new houses failed to meet local need, being too large or expensive, and not even that well designed or built.
In 2019 we now have now have 1,000 houses split across three villages. We’re one of many Chichester parishes classed as rural, with the Chichester harbour AONB area to the South and the beautiful South Downs National Park close by to the north. So we have nowhere to expand unless we fill in all the land between our villages with houses.
So it came as a surprise to us that Chichester Council is insisting our Parish allocates land for yet another 500 houses to be built in our three villages!
That’s 500 new houses that would have to be built on mostly prime agricultural farming land to the north of the A259, or the small strip of land along the the main road. The same road recently listed as the 30th most dangerous in the UK for road accidents!
We’re being told that we have no choice in this, that it’s government housing policy. But we’re not convinced the Council has fought well enough or hard enough against the housing policies of a Government that has done so well handling in Brexit. And outgoing Conservative Councillors didn’t review the housing allocations well enough either.
What you can do to help SOHV
- Fill in our questionnaire if you live locally to tell us your views on new housing
- Sign the petition that calls for the UK Government to change its housing allocation
- Contact us to help us work with other rural parishes to campaign more effectively
If you love walking or driving in the local Sussex countryside, views of the South Downs when you take your children or dog out for a walk, or sailing or cycling around the beautiful Chichester harbour, help us to help you influence those in power.
Contact us today to tell us your views or click here to see how you can help