From ‘Chicanery‘ published by the Chichester Society
The Society and CCAAC consider the output from various authorities (principally West Sussex County Council, Chichester District Council and Chichester City Council) and responds as needed – particularly if they affect the City and its immediate surroundings.

The more significant submissions are posted on this website and are visible via ‘Recent Posts‘ to the right of  each web page and, later, will appear in the ‘Earlier Posts‘ menu at the bottom of the page. Fuller details about the individual applications can be found on the Council’s planning application site by entering the reference on the Council’s site .

The main regular focus is on planning matters be it, for example, the local plan or individual planning applications. The aim is always to be constructive in responses. Be aware that a response is not made if there are no substantive comments to make so not all planning applications commented on will be referred to on this site.


The Local Plan provides the broad policy framework and a long-term strategy to manage development, protect the environment, deliver infrastructure and promote sustainable communities within Chichester District (excluding the area within the South Downs National Park) to 2029. Once adopted, all planning applications will be assessed against the policies in the Local Plan.

The existing plan was the subject of review in 2014 by an Inspector appointed by the Planning Inspectorate taking account of submissions from various bodies including the Chichester Society (whose views on the outcome can be viewed here).

Following examination and recommendations from the Inspector’s Report (May
2015) the Chichester Local Plan: Key Policies 2014-2029 document was formally adopted by the Council on 14 July. The Local Plan document itself can be viewed here.

In July 2015 the Council published a  ‘Sustainability Appraisal of the
Chichester Local Plan: Key Policies 2014-2029′.

The Preferred Approach version of the Chichester Local Plan Review was published for consultation by the Council in December 2018 – details can be found here. Subsequenetly ChiSoc responded to the Local Plan Review – details can be found here


A guide to finding information on the website is available here