Chidham, Hambrook and Nutbourne East are currently threatened with unprecedented levels of large-scale development. As a Parish Council we have been trying, through working with residents, to plan how the village can be developed in a planned and carefully controlled way. Seemingly this might no longer be possible. We have been trying to reduce the overall number of new homes that Chichester District Council informed us that we must accept, but now matters appear to be out of control. We feel that the problem lies with the District Council and their failure to produce a Local Plan to which our own Neighbourhood Plan must adhere. Without the Local Plan we cannot complete our Neighbourhood Plan. In the meantime, developers are taking advantage of the situation, with planning applications made or about to be made for over 800 houses in a parish that only as 1,003 houses. To alert you to this situation, the parish council is organising two public Zoom meetings, Thursday 29 October and Tuesday 24 November (see separate information). We are also contacting all residents, with updates on the village crisis by way of emails. If we do not have your email address (possibly given to us when you returned your recent residents’ questionnaire) and you wish to receive these updates, please provide our parish clerk,  Bambi Jones ( with your contact details.
Philip MacDougall, Chair – Chidham & Hambrook Parish Council

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