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01 MAY 2018

Land West of Chichester (Whitehouse Farm)

After several years’ work on the scheme, EDP is delighted to report that outline planning was fully permitted by Chichester District Council’s on 11th April, for Linden Homes’ and Miller Homes’ development of Land West of Chichester (Whitehouse Farm).

 

Project background:

Land West of Centurion Way and West of Old Broyle Road, Chichester is a 1,600-home development at Whitehouse Farm, on the western edge of Chichester, that will also deliver a local centre (with associated employment, retail and community uses), a primary school, informal and formal open space (including a country park), playing pitches, associated landscaping, utilities and drainage infrastructure. The first phase for 750 homes has received recommendation for approval of outline consent at committee.

 

EDP’s involvement and outcomes:

EDP has been involved in the assessment, design and promotion of scheme for over 10 years, from the promotion of the site through its allocation in the Local Plan to the final negotiations with the Local Planning Authority for approval at committee. EDP provided a full suite of services on this project: landscape, green infrastructure, ecology, arboriculture, heritage and archaeology. Our multi-disciplinary team and approach enabled us to help our client overcome some significant constraints to development.

 

EDP has been involved in robust consultation and negotiation with Natural England, Historic England and the South Downs National Park. These negotiations have helped shape the Illustrative Masterplan and the Green Infrastructure (GI) strategy; including:

 

  • The layout and massing has been influenced by the publicly available views from the National Park;
  • The orientation of streets and green spaces has been designed to protect existing views, and create new views, of Chichester cathedral;
  • The design and location of the country park which provides Suitable Alternate Natural Greenspace (SANG), and resolved once ‘in-principle’ objections by Natural England related to recreational effects on the Chichester Harbour Special Protection Area (SPA); and
  • Green space has also been designed to buffer and enhance the setting of a Scheduled Monument, listed buildings and to enhance biodiversity and the habitats of protected species including bats, reptiles and water voles.
Illustrative Landscape Masterplan

Illustrative Landscape Masterplan

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