Southbourne Parish Council intends that the review of the current Southbourne Parish Neighbourhood Plan will consider the whole Parish. Policies for all the settlements will be reviewed and coalescence avoided. Strategic development will seek to conserve and enhance the local distinctiveness, character and cohesion of existing settlements.
Growth will be focused on the Village of Southbourne in accordance with the proposed review of the Local Plan (Preferred Approach) and where existing infrastructure requires investment that must accompany new development. The Parish Council will support development that delivers the expansion of Southbourne as a well-connected and integrated community with a shared sense of identity rather than an insular, standalone addition. The scale of growth envisaged, some 50%, will require consideration of the Village in its entirety, with maximisation of the opportunities presented by the new development for the benefit of all residents. This to include the provision of new infrastructure together with enhancements and improvements to the existing infrastructure to meet the needs of every sector of the community.
The context for new development will be set by giving closer attention to the protection of the rural environment and enhancing biodiversity than is evident in the current Plan. Protection of the rural environment includes the visual amenity of the attractive landscapes of the area. Chichester Harbour will receive particular protection. Any development within the AONB, or detrimentally affecting it, will not be supported. The inclusion of a wildlife corridor at Lumley is supported and scope for an additional corridor at Nutbourne requires further investigation.
The Parish Council is in agreement with the draft policy for Southbourne set out in the District Council Preferred Approach (Policy AL13) but would add the following points for clarification:
1. The Parish Council favours development of a single large area in order to maximise community benefit and facilitate phased delivery. It is recognised that land may need to be identified to provide for at least 1250 dwellings.
2. New development must be fully integrated into the existing village. This means, for example, providing cross village access for vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians, segregated where possible. The design and layout of new development must also integrate sympathetically with existing development.
3. One of the proposed development areas north of the railway line, either to the east or the west, could deliver the required number of dwellings and associated community facilities. Dispersal throughout the Parish would dilute the ability to provide the required infrastructure.
4. New development will need to provide enhanced local infrastructure to support the new development and address existing infrastructure problems e.g. improve traffic flow and movement of people in and through the Southbourne area including north/south movement within Southbourne which is currently frustrated by the railway crossings.
5. Improved community infrastructure will be required to serve the existing community and new residents. In particular a new community centre, the expansion of the early years provision, primary and secondary schooling, youth recreation facilities and expanded/improved medical services. These could be co-located.
6. New housing development must be phased and completion dates set for delivery of each element of associated infrastructure.
7. Housing of a size and type appropriate to the needs of the residents of Southbourne Parish is required including affordable housing for purchase or rent.
8. New housing should incorporate, or at least be capable of incorporating, environmentally friendly measures including solar panels and grey water re-cycling and car-charging points. Designs that exceed the minimum building regulation requirements are encouraged including the building materials that are eco-friendly.
9. The Parish Council will require reassurance that sufficient capacity will be available for waste water treatment to service the new housing.
10. The design of new development layouts must begin by planning for enhanced biodiversity. Housing development must be wildlife friendly, and deliver real benefits for both nature and people, disproving the common misconception that development and biodiversity are mutually exclusive. This to include provision for native tree and shrubs, surface water management and appropriately controlled street lighting.
11. The concept of the Green Ring is that it will be made up of a series of linked green spaces, some of substantial size, to serve the local community and to provide protected space for nature and the preservation of biodiversity. There should be landscaped areas with early tree planting to secure for recreation, health and wellbeing. It must be an integral part of new development proposals.
12. Provision needs to be made within the new development to provide substantial areas of open space.
13. There should be provision of enhanced employment, including facilities for home-workers; retail opportunities should be investigated for potential inclusion in development proposals.
Southbourne Parish Council
9th January 2019