Chichester’s Conservation Area is being expanded

Plans to strengthen this city’s heritage are explained by John Templeton

Back in 2005 Chichester District Council commissioned a ‘character appraisal’ of the city’s Conservation Area – principally within the city walls and a little way outside. That appraisal has now been updated by the Council, following a public exhibition in April and a six week consultation, and was approved by the Council’s Cabinet on 6 September. Many suggestions made by the public and by the Chichester Society have been included in the latest revisions. As a result the formal conservation area has been extended in the east to include parts of Whyke; but also north-west to Orchard Avenue/Gardens, Central School playing fields and the Brewery Field – which some readers may know as Henty Field.

Brewery Field view

Subject to public endorsement a further extension at Whyke to include the Oving Road area will be added to the final boundary. To the north, the older parts of Summersdale will also be examined as a possible extension to the Graylingwell conservation area when it is next reviewed.

Responses to the consultation demonstrate overwhelming support for proposed controls on minor alterations to all dwellings throughout the conservation area, to ensure its future protection. We will report on further progress in a future edition of the Newsletter when the review has been completed.

(This article originally appeared in the December 2016 issue of The Chichester Society Newsletter)