Chichester District Council – Local Plan Review Consultation

Chichester District Council is currently undertaking a public consultation on the Chichester Local Plan Review: Preferred Approach. This is the second stage of consultation on the Chichester Local Plan Review. When complete, the new Local Plan will update and replace the existing Chichester Local Plan: Key Policies 2014-2029 and will provide the policy framework for planning and development in the District outside the South Downs National Park in the period up to 2035. The Chichester Local Plan Key Policies (2014-2029) was adopted in July 2015. The Inspector required the Council to complete a review within five years to aim to ensure that sufficient housing would be planned to meet the needs of the area. This work forms the Chichester Local Plan Review 2035.

The consultation starts today and runs until Thursday 7th February 2019.  Please use the links below for information on how to access the consultation documents and details on how you can respond.   Please note that the Parish Council will be providing information to help residents make informed responses shortly.

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Response Form

Neighbourhood Plan – Questions & Answers 13/12/18

Today we have added the Questions (& responses) that were raised at the public meeting on 28 November 2018.  To view these click on the link here

Hunston Neighbourhood Plan – Update

We have now added a Neighbourhood Plan page to this website and as work progresses we will add updates and documents for everyone to view.  To assist we will add a post to the site a notification that the Neighbourhood Plan page has been updated.

Public Meeting Update

What a night! A huge thank you to all of those who braced the elements on Wednesday evening and attended the Public meeting to discuss the proposal for additional housing in Hunston.

124 Villagers shared their concerns for the future development plans (laid out by Chichester District Council) for Hunston and engaged in active discussions with the Parish Council and showed their overwhelming support for creating a Neighbourhood Plan which would help shape any future development in the Village.

Villagers were invited to share their ideas on areas such as transport, housing design, the environment and the needs of the community and by the end of the evening there was a staggering amount of ideas and suggestions put forward.

Joan Foster (Chair) shared what the Parish Council had done so far in preparation and asked for people who had specific areas of expertise such as environmental, sewage or planning to consider joining the working group. The information and questions raised at the meeting is currently being collated and will be available shortly. All residents were encouraged to keep abreast of developments via Hunton Parish Council website. For those without computer access paper copies of the documentation will be available to view in the Parish office behind the Village Hall and updates will be available in the shops.

Once again, thank you for support.

If you have any questions or concerns please email

Potential New Housing in Hunston

Potential New Housing in Hunston

Chichester District Council (CDC) is proposing 200 new houses should be built in Hunston as part of the local plan review. The Parish Council was told this at a meeting on 30 October 2018. Joan Foster (Chair) and Carol Smith (Parish Clerk) challenged this decision and asked for the rationale behind it. CDC was unable to tell us why at that time.

On Friday 2 November, CDC emailed the Parish Council to confirm that 200 houses would be allocated to Hunston because more land had been made available for housing.


At a meeting on 23 July 2018 between CDC, Hunston and North Mundham Parish Councils, we were told that 250 houses would be allocated between the two parishes. The split was left to us. Both Hunston and North Mundham decided to produce their own Neighbourhood Plan, so that they could consult with residents as to how many houses should be built and where. This work has started.

Now CDC Officer are recommending an allocation of 200 houses to Hunston and 50 to North Mundham.

This conflicts the Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessment (HELAA) published in August 2018, which allocates 176 houses to Hunston and 375 to North Mundham.

What we are going to do:

  1. The Parish Council does not consider that a reasonable rationale has been given that explains the split (200/50) between the two parishes in light of the HELAA allocation (176/375) published by CDC.
  2. CDC is going to discuss the planned allocation on Wednesday 14 November at 15.00 at the Committee Rooms, Chichester District Council. This is a public meeting and we will present a written statement and attend the meeting to object.
  3. We will hold a public meeting on 28 November at The Hunston Village Hall from 18.30 – 20.00 to which all residents are invited. At the meeting we will outline our options and how we might take forward the Neighbourhood Plan.

What you can do:

  • Come to the meeting on 28 November
  • If you wish to object, you could email our District Councillor – Tricia Tull, who was present at both meetings with CDC
  • We will need help to prepare the Neighbourhood Plan, if you think you can help, please come on the 28th or let us know –


Joan Foster

Chair, Hunston Parish Council

Information Session


Cold Weather Alert Service

Vacancy for a Councillor

The Parish Council currently has a vacancy for a councillor.

If you are interested in your village and can spare a few hours a month then why not come along to the Parish Office on a Wednesday or Friday morning or a Parish Council meeting and find out more about being a Parish Councillor.

Notice of Vacancy

Notice of conclusion of Audit