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‘Building the Right Homes in the Right Places’

5th March 2018


The commission has 3 primary aims:

  1. To promote better design and style of homes, villages, towns and high streets, to reflect what communities want, building on the knowledge and tradition of what they know works for their area.

  2. To explore how new settlements can be developed with greater community consent.

  3. To make the planning system work in support of better design and style, not against it.

July 2019


The local government should do more to release state/council owned land and identify brownfield sites to reduce the destruction of rich agricultural land.

The local government should be challenging Westminster to redefine Permitted Consent to help rejuvenate inner cities and allow more small developments (ie: windfall) of five or under houses to be included in the overall NPPF numbers.

Local government should be challenging Westminster to transfer power from national to local in planning, to encourage more sensitive developments, and a greater proportion of the new developments as social.

Chichester should be proactively encouraging to build award winning developments (such as those within Norwich).

The Southgate development is the perfect situation to give pride of place to modern sensitive design in this beautiful city.

But it seems no, just the usual lazy way of more of the same, i.e. unimaginative, insensitive, disconnected to the cultural heritage of its city, just another add-on group of housing. Instead, it could be a vibrant, eco-led, go-to destination of a thriving young entrepreneurial hub that rejuvenates the district and brings a sense of pride to the younger generations.

Housing should not be built in locations likely to face increasing flood risks.


BAA Royal Commission for Dark Skies ‘Protect the Night’

Though not officially under statutory protection the Commission has recognised sites in the area which form an arc from:

West Itchenor on the Manhood Peninsula to Maybush Copse in Chidham to Eames Farm on Thorney Island.

All these fall within the Chichester Harbour AONB.

60% of insects are nocturnal.


Public Policy – Ecology

‘For billions of years, all life has relied on Earth’s predictable rhythm of day and night. It’s encoded in the DNA of all plants and animals . Humans have radically disrupted his cycle by lighting up the night.

Scientific evidence suggests that artificial light at night has negative and deadly effects on many creatures including amphibians, birds, mammals, insects and plants.

According to research scientist Christopher Kyba, or nocturnal animals, ‘the introduction of artificial light probably represents the most drastic change human beings have made to their environment.’

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