Public Launch for the Plan
A public consultation launch for the Neighbourhood Plan was made by Cllr. Richard Plowman, Mayor of Chichester on 14 October 2019 in the City’s Assembly Rooms, attended by over 100 including residents, members of the public and representatives from a number of local organisations. The presentation can be viewed here and the notes from the meeting here. The boundary of our Parish is viewable here.
Ten fundamental principles were laid down:
The City declared a climate change emergency in June 2019 which must be backed by real and effective action.
The City will be carbon neutral by 2030.
The City Centre to be free of all fossil fuelled powered vehicles, the use of electrical vehicles to be encouraged and all deliveries to be made by electrical vehicle transport.
The City to remain small and compact essentially a large historic market town in a rural setting and to position it to be a Unesco World Heritage site by 2032
The City parks and green open spaces to be protected and enhanced. Re-wilding of derelict areas and use of more trees in the urban areas to produce natural wildlife corridors and public spaces such as squares throughout the City with zoning of areas with different characteristics eg retail, restaurant and evening economy.
The City views are determined by the Cathedral and these views respected and all buildings to be subservient and generally no more than four stories high.
The City economy needs revitalising particularly the City Centre and attracting more visitors to the City
through Tourism, and the Meetings, Incentive and Conference industry (MICE).
The City to maintain, enforce and expand areas of Conservation and preserve buildings of both historic, social cultural and architecturally.
The plan to be holistic and inclusive for all people of Chichester (elderly, families, young, students, disabled and disadvantaged).
The Neighbourhood Plan will be made by the People for the People of Chichester and will be part of Planning Legislation.
Aims to be achieved
The following were cited:
- Large international hotel of 200-250 beds (needs meeting and conference facilities)
- Large multi-use events/ performance/ exhibition/ conference hall
- Removal of level crossings and replacement with low level underpass
- More train and bus services to and from Chichester and metro line to Bognor Regis
- Concert/ Theatre Hall up to 550 capacity (possibly the Court Building)
- Large Nightclub
- Central Medical centre
- New Crematorium
- HiTec village for graduates/millenniums near Station
- Zoning of areas in the City for better navigation eg North Street, East Street for Retail
and service, Central Cross area for banks and jewellers. West Street – Cathedral and
cultural. South street restaurant, bars and evening economy. Eastgate square and St
- Improved public realm increased pedestrian areas and signage. Cathedral square
- Public square for Farmers and special markets e g Christmas/ Ice rink.
- Cultural trail linking Galleries and Theatre
To elicit views of residents and the public an online survey is being used and can be viewed here. The survey closes at 5pm on Monday 9th December 2019