SOSCA is an alliance of individuals and groups involved in promoting the environment, community, and economy of Chichester’s coastal plain. Our district is one of the most beautiful destinations for residents and visitors on the south coast but its unique and fragile environment is under threat from both overdevelopment and climate change. As guardians of an area steeped in history and containing some of the south’s most important wetlands and wildlife habitats, we have a duty to safeguard the Chichester coastal plain for future generations.




We recognise there is a requirement for more housing.  What is not wanted is market led housing of high prices or housing for second homes.  What is needed is housing that is well built, sustainable, and affordable either to buy or to rent. And for local democracy through communities and local government to determine what is needed and where.





The imposition of a new system which gives priority of developers over communities and imposes a blanket ‘algorithm’ to determine the numbers and where they should be built.  The whole planning process would then be determined by central committee within Whitehall.  This process would take NO ACCOUNT of the damage to the environment or consequences of climate change.  It would result in the coalescence of the whole of the south coast and destroy the very environment the government is constantly saying it is protecting.



Louise Goldsmith

Louise has been Chairman of SOSCA for the last year. She is a keen environmentalist, Independent County Councillor and a long serving member of the Chichester Harbour Conservancy. She sits as a Board member of Localis.

Libby Alexander

Libby was brought up in West Sussex. In her adult life she has lived on three continents but has returned to her roots.  Libby's later work experience has included CPRE HQ in London, FAO United Nations, setting up a National Campaign, promoting an award winning PR company, and founder of SOSCA.

Richard C.J. Pratt

BA (Hons) Geography & Sociology, University of Keele, 1970

PGCE, University of Birmingham 1976.

MSc (Arch.) Bartlett School of Planning & Architecture, 1987.

Professional roles include:

Prior to 1986 Community Planner in the West Midlands.

From 1987-2007 Senior Lecturer in Birmingham School of Planning and Landscape Architecture. Thereafter Visiting Lecturer at Universities of Brighton and Chichester. Planning consultancy work included Birmingham Jewellery Quarter Action Team, Worcester City Council, European Commission INTEREG IV, Maltese Government EU-accession standards.

Voluntary roles include:

Bosham Village Design Statement: Principal Project Writer and Editor 2008-2011, adopted by CDC Dec 2011. Bosham Parish Neighbourhood Plan:  Principal Project Writer and Editor 2012-2014, on behalf of Parish Council, Bosham Association committee 2008-.

AFFILIATIONS: Town & Country Planning Association, Royal Geographical Society.

Dr. Carolyn Cobbold
Bsc Eng, Msc, PhD (Cam), FRSA,
Research Fellow @ Cambridge University

After studying engineering, Carolyn worked as a risk management researcher/writer for 20 years specialising in corporate risk and liability including the risks of climate change. She organised the Going Dutch project on the Manhood Peninsula in 2001 which led to the creation of the Medmerry Nature Research, Europe’s largest coastal realignment scheme. Carolyn has been project leader for the Manhood Peninsula Partnership since 2001. https://peninsulapartnership.org.uk/

She has lived near Chichester for 23 years. Carolyn has written many articles on planning for climate change including a book based on the Going Dutch project. Her latest book A Rainbow Palate: How Chemical Dyes Changed the West’s Relationship with Food was published September 2020 by the University of Chicago Press.

Joan Foster

Has lived in Hunston since 2005 and am currently Chair of Hunston Parish Council. She brought together all the parishes on the Manhood Peninsula last year to write to the MP Gillian Keegan expressing their concern about the proposed housing development on the Peninsula and followed up with a meeting in January 2020. Joan is now the Lead for the Manhood Peninsula Action Group.

Richard Weavis

Richard is a retired Building Surveyor, Designer and Project Manager and was a Fellow of the Association of Building Engineers. Whilst working for a large procurement organisation in London he represented his employer on several BSI Technical Committees and adhoc working groups. For the last 20 years of his career Richard majored in small scale renewables and sustainable construction. Richard is chair of the Chidham, Hambrook and Nutbourne East Housing Action Group and is a member of the Parish Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group. Richard has a lifelong love of wildlife and the environment.

Rosalind Bowen

Resident in Bosham for many years and a member of the Bosham Association. As a sailor the threats to the environment especially around the protected harbours of Chichester and beyond are of increasing concern. The encroachment of so many unneeded developments are causing irreparable long term damage to our fragile wetlands with statistics already registering the decline in numbers of our local wildlife. As a concerned local resident Ros also objects to the plan to double the size and population of Chichester itself with no additional infrastructure.

Jenny Bentall

My first degree - BA Hons Social Psychology, MA Social Work. Teacher training - PGCE. Childcare

After university Jenny worked in community development focusing on inner city renewal. After a period of child care she went into secondary school teaching as an English and Drama teacher and later contributed to developing school policies on inclusion and child development. Jenny has lived in Bosham for 20 years. 

By working together with many environment and concerned groups we hope to persuade local and national politicians that there is a better and more positive way forward. 




We need to make as large a public as possible aware of the threats to

this internationally recognised national asset. This is not NIMBYISM.

This is saving an irreplaceable part of our nation for future generations.

We would welcome you, your groups, your school, your parish, everyone,

to register below and help us spread your concerns to the wider world.

All information provided is correct at time of publication, however if you have any comments or suggestions regarding the information or the website in general, please do not hesitate to contact us via the form above or email contact@sosca.org.uk.