Dear Residents,

We hope everyone enjoyed a very Happy Christmas and wish you all well for the New Year. Charles and I are looking forward to continuing to support Loxwood Ward and hope to meet many of you over the course of 2024, whether that is at a Parish Council meeting, one of our surgeries or at a community event.

 

Local Updates:

Local Plan – CDC Officers are preparing a full briefing note for Councillors on the new National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) that was released by the government just before Christmas. Initial headlines are that, as our Local Plan has reached ‘an advanced stage of preparation’, the Council will only need to demonstrate a 4 year Housing Land Supply when determining planning applications and contesting appeals. This is positive news in refusing unacceptable applications and defending similar appeals, however this is a time limited provision for 2 years and it is therefore important that we maintain the supply of housing land going forward.

Planning Enforcement – We continue to work with residents across the ward in dealing with Planning Enforcement issues, most recently with several reports from Brewhurst Lane in Loxwood. If there are any planning enforcement issues that you would like to bring to CDC’s attention, please let us know and we are happy to contact the Enforcement Team on your behalf.

Shop Development Loxwood – Some residents had raised concerns that the shop development in Loxwood which includes a housing development only appeared to be advertising the houses. Charles and I asked CDC to challenge this and have had confirmation that the shop remains in the plans and is being marketed at £450k. The concern emerged as there was no advertising at the site itself –  only the houses.

Little Springfield Farm, Ifold (23/01968/FUL) – Some concerns over a proposed development in Ifold for the demolition of existing B2 and B8 floorspace and erection of 3,100m2 flexible use floorspace (industrial units). Charles and I both plan to attend the planning meeting to hear from the Parish Council and community.

Lagoon 3 – The trial for the non-compliance with the enforcement notice is on Thursday 25th January at 10.00am in Worthing Magistrates Court. We will update on the outcome once concluded.

CDC Wide Updates

Council Panel Meetings and Full Council Meetings – As a District Council we want to ensure that meetings are more accessible to our residents. In addition to changing the time that Full Council meetings start from May 2024 to 18:00, rather than 14:00 as they do currently, the majority of our panel meetings have now been made public.

Meetings will take place in person apart from the Boundary Review panel, which will usually be held online. All of these meetings will be broadcast on our website at: Chichester Council Webcast – Listing (nucast.live)

Meeting your District Councillors

Gareth has the following surgery dates scheduled from 12pm-2pm:

Saturday 3rd February 24 – Kirdford Stores, Kirdford
Saturday 17th February 24 – Old Mill Café, Wisborough Green

Should the dates suggested not be suitable for you or there are any other reasons preventing you from seeing us we are also happy to do home visits, telephone calls or zoom calls.

Our contact details:

Cllr. Gareth Evans, email: gbevans@chichester.gov.uk or telephone 07958 918056
Cllr. Charles Todhunter, email ctodhunter@chichester.gov.uk or telephone 07500 577777