FUTURE-PROOF PLANNING. Chichester West
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We need FUTURE-PROOF PLANNING for Chichester Harbour Villages
We oppose all housing development approvals until Chichester District Council (CDC) produces a ' Local Plan', and one that is sustainable and future-proof. We reject all current speculative developments for our Harbour Communities along the 'A259 Corridor' between Emsworth - Chichester. CDC need to prove that a Local Plan is future-proof and takes into account the advise of the committee on Climate Change Furthermore, this 'Local Plan' must put in significant protection measures to safeguard our 'Unique Local Environment ' which then enables our communities and economy to function, including: a) A future-proof 'Waste Water Treatment System' with capacity to deal with current sewage and grey water and to cope with predicted future flash-flood occurrences, annual rainfall and some additional housing. b) Give lawful assurances that all 7 proposed 'Wildlife Corridors' will be protected as a minimum baseline. c) Significant enhancement of 'Green Spaces' and 're-wilding schemes' within the A259 Corridor. This is crucial as evidence of natural world decline is stark a shown in the 'State of Nature Report 2019'. This is vital to carbon capture and wildlife biodiversity. d) Provide meaningful, joined-up walking and cycling paths within easy access of all local communities. In Chichester District, we only have 30% of the land available for building development and with 100% of housing allocation from Central government. In view of recent government 'Push off' from 'Robert Jenrick' regarding our unique and environmentally sensitive area, we offer to support CDC in providing substantial evidence for the need to safeguard much of this 30 % remaining total. We fully support measures to enable access to affordable and social housing, and to ensure a more fair, equitable system. Housing must be low emission in design and implementation as part of the green building revolution. Any future building schemes must demonstrate proven sustainability, protecting current biodiversity such as existing hedgerows and soil systems. We are also calling for accountability regarding wildlife crime with a more transparent and enforced legal system in line with policy. It is vital that floodplains remain and are further enhanced as sea levels and extreme weather events gather pace and intensity. We want to assist CDC to do everything within their powers to bring the 'Local Plan' delivery date forward. Originally needed/planned for 2019 it is now very behind schedule with a new planned date for March 2023. Meanwhile the whole district remains at very high risk of speculative development and arguably does not have the funds to contest appeals by income-rich developers. In this window of opportunity for developers, we may see the complete transition of our communities and lose all intrinsic aesthetic beauty and sustainable value. We believe that local Parish Councils and CDC are under huge pressure from central government policies and strategies. We can help raise awareness amongst CDC staff, management and members regarding NERC legislation Section 40 and help with biodiversity in all service areas. Unfortunately in our view, natural wildlife and generally high grade agricultural green fields do not seem to be currently valued or significantly protected. They are all seemingly under huge pressure from aggressive building development and have even been identified in the published 'HELAA' report. This details every parish within the Chichester District. It simply highlights and encourages a clamber for developers who see easy picking with no 'Local Plan' to restrain. We believe that we need a joined approach with more sharing and debate to deliver long-term sustainable communities. Only then can we plan a sustainable future in rapidly changing times. We are guardians for the future environment and the next generation.