Updates on the Neighbourhood Plan

Appeal Decision (Rydon Homes)

Appeal Decision

Appeal Ref: App/L3815/W/19/3237921

Land N of Cooks Lane – Rydon Homes


The Parish Council is disappointed to note that the Planning Appeal by Rydon Homes for 199 homes north of Cooks Lane has been allowed by the Planning Inspectorate. There are a number of reasons why the appeal was allowed and they are set out in full in the appeal decision. Amongst other things, the Inspector comments that “that the development would be contrary to Policies 2 and 45 of the Local Plan. It would also be inconsistent with the aims of the Neighbourhood Plan but not contrary to its policies”. He said [the National Planning Policy] “Framework states that it is the Government’s objective to significantly boost the supply of housing and I place substantial weight on this consideration”.


Members of the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group (NPSG) have discussed with the Director of Planning and senior planning officers at Chichester District Council how the Neighbourhood Plan review can move forward in the light of this successful appeal and the delays to the Local Plan review reported in the press last week. Rest assured the NPSG continues to work exceedingly hard to try and deliver the best outcome it can for the Parish in these uncertain times.

Consultation 1 & 2 December 2019

The boards for the consultation on 1 & 2 December 2019 are now available on the Neighbourhood Plan consultation page..

September 2019

In spite of the distractions of good weather, holidays, local events and family activities the members of Southbourne Parish Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group have not been idle over the last three months. In response to the Chichester District Council’s Local Plan “Preferred Approach” consultation requiring 1250 new houses to be built in our Parish between 2020 and 2035 we are reviewing our current Neighbourhood Plan.

We have subdivided into four teams looking at Housing, Infrastructure, Environment and Communications and much work has already been undertaken to obtain relevant information for the new version of our Plan. For example, the Housing team have listed Local Heritage Assets, researched other villages’ sustainable design policies and are considering commissioning a Housing Needs Survey for the Parish. The Infrastructure Group have visited local community centres to assess what would be needed to service a large expansion in Southbourne, they have looked at ways of bringing employment into the area and are in the process of mapping transport and access routes. The Environment Group have been surveying local wildlife corridors and recording information about local flora and fauna as well as evaluating local green spaces which might be eligible for special protected status.

The Steering Group is made up of Parish Councillors and local volunteers who are putting a lot of time and effort into this work on behalf of their Community – many thanks to all concerned.

June 2019

Southbourne Parish Council is currently preparing a Neighbourhood Plan for the proposed 1250 dwellings required as stated in Chichester District Council’s Local Plan Preferred Approach consultation.

The Parish Council has received a large number of development proposals and over the coming months will be considering whether they present opportunities in addition to the requirements of CDC Policy AL13 that are currently being assessed by its consultant. The Parish Council, through its Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group has also been carrying out a lot of work to gather evidence to support that Plan and to consider what infrastructure will be required to support the growing parish. In addition, the Parish Council, in developing its Neighbourhood Plan is required to carry out both a Strategic Environmental Assessment and a Habitats Regulation Assessment both of which are currently underway. However, there is still more work to do, particularly regarding any new community facilities and it is therefore far too early for the Parish Council to be entering into negotiations with a specific developer about their proposals.