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Consultation on Southbourne Parish Neighbourhood Plan (Pre-Submission Modified Plan)
2014 to 2029
YOUR OPPORTUNITY TO COMMENT
Consultation Period 1 November to 16 December 2022
We are fortunate to live in an area surrounded by the natural beauty of The South Downs National Park to the north and Chichester Harbour to the south, both with special protection against further development. Unfortunately, that limits the land available for new housing and you will be well aware of several proposals by developers to build more houses in Southbourne Parish.
In an attempt to manage these developments, parish councils are encouraged to prepare Neighbourhood Plans which support and expand the provisions of the area-wide Local Plan written by the District Council. In Southbourne Parish, Neighbourhood Plan 1 (NP1) was approved for the years 2014 – 2029. It allocated land for 350 new homes, brought forward a long-term plan for a Green Ring and reserved land for a footbridge and separate road bridge over the railway. Those housing developments are now complete and include Parham Place, Priors Orchard, Southbourne Fields and Meadow View.
However, there is continued pressure for more housing in Southbourne, driven by a central government formula. Chichester District Council (CDC) is working on a new Local Plan (LP) that indicates a requirement for an additional 1250 homes in Southbourne Parish. In 2021 and in anticipation of this, Southbourne Parish Council (SPC) proposed Neighbourhood Plan 2 (NP2) which required Master Planning of this huge expansion and included policies that strengthened the ‘Green Ring’ and proposed much needed infrastructure (for example the railway bridges and new community facilities). Although we started writing NP2 at the same time as CDC started the new LP, our NP2 was deemed to have progressed too far in advance of the delayed LP and it had to be withdrawn from Examination (the penultimate stage of delivering the plan) earlier this year.
Development has already outpaced the allocations made in NP1 and Southbourne Parish now has very little protection against speculative development. In all likelihood, such development would proceed piecemeal, making little or no contribution toward much needed infrastructure. SPC therefore decided it was imperative to get a new NP in place as soon as practicable. So, we are now seeking your support for Neighbourhood Plan 3 (NP3) as an interim measure to provide some protection against speculative developments and until CDC delivers the new LP with confirmed new housing requirements. In essence, NP3 preserves the policies of NP2 that encouraged environmental protection, the Green Ring and zero carbon development. Crucially though, it does not allocate any more land for development (other than that already approved on appeal north of Cooks Lane), since this would again put it out of step with the LP.
Before we submit NP3 to CDC we are consulting with you, our residents, for 6 weeks (until Friday 16th December 2022). We need your views on the new Plan (NP3) and ask for your support in moving it forward.
The full documents can be found here: Southbourne Parish Neighbourhood Plan Review 2019-2037 Submission Plan – Southbourne (southbourne-pc.gov.uk)
Hard copies will also be available to read at the Parish Council office (in the Village Hall), Southbourne Library, the Bourne Leisure Centre, the Sussex Brewery and Mamawu Cafe. The Parish Council office will also have copies that can be borrowed and returned. We are running four ‘Drop-in Sessions’ where we will be able to discuss NP3 and answer any questions you may have.
Saturday 5 Nov 10.30am-12.30pm St John’s Church
Monday 14 Nov 4pm-6pm Bourne Leisure Centre
Saturday 26 Nov 12pm-2pm Age Concern
Thursday 1 Dec 6pm-8pm Sussex Brewery
We hope as many of you as possible will come to one of these sessions so that we can answer any questions you may have and most importantly, get your feedback and opinions. Comments can also be sent by e-mail to
[email protected]. This is a plan for your parish so we need your opinions NOW.
After the 6 week consultation period, all comments will be carefully considered and taken into account in finalising the NP before it is forwarded to CDC for the next step in the process.
THANK YOU and PLEASE DO GET IN TOUCH either by e-mail or at one of the drop-in sessions.
Chair, Southbourne Parish Council
Chair, Southbourne Parish Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group