Vision statement

In 15 years time, Oving parish will be a resilient, thriving, well knit community. It will be an agreeable place to live for adults and children, families, people in work, the retired and elderly.  It will have a separate and distinct identity with a clear gap with other settlements and no annexation to Chichester.

Its character and fragile beauty will be preserved from excessive development.  Its historic assets and its high quality farmland will be safeguarded.

Its infrastructure will include access to schooling, medical facilities, adult social care and local retail. It will be sustainable with good public transport, efficient and safe road traffic management and a network of cycle paths and footpaths providing access to all parts of the parish and Chichester.

There will be protected green open space, trees and verges with wild flowers. Its housing will include a mix of market and affordable housing, developer and self built, with good size individual or communal gardens.

It will have a strong rural economy based on farming, horticulture, services and other types of business, supported by gigabit broadband and a multi use business hub. It will have the ambition to create higher value jobs in for example technology to match expensive new housing.

It will play its part in seeking to combat climate change: in housing design using renewable energy, low emissions, air/ ground source heat pumps, in private transport using electrically and other non fossil fuel powered vehicles, in community behaviour eg single use plastic, and waste recycling. By these and other means it will progress to a carbon neutral parish.

Oving parish will work with neighbouring parishes to achieve mutually beneficial outcomes.

June 11, 2021

Objectives to achieve the vision

Development policies to support

  • Housing

Example: Proposals for new housing must deliver a range of house types, sizes and tenures. Developers should demonstrate how the proposal will meet local needs. Housing will be required to meet or exceed the energy efficiency standards set out by central government or Chichester District Council.

  • Environment and heritage

Example: New development should not increase the risk of flooding elsewhere and wherever possible, reduce overall flood risk.

Example: Local heritage, landscape, buildings and history to be respected.

The unique setting of the Oving Conservation Area is to be preserved and development proposals that would negatively impact on its setting will be refused.

The wildlife corridors in the east of Chichester District that link the South Downs National Park to the SSSI of both Pagham and Chichester Harbours will be protected and enhanced where possible. Development that would lead to increased pressure on these corridors from recreational use will be refused.

  • Employment and enterprise

Example: Development proposals to upgrade or extend existing employment sites or  start new business ventures eg in light engineering and technology, and small companies attracting young people, will be supported provided that the impact on the amenities of surrounding properties, landscape and wildlife heritage is acceptable and subject to the other policies in the NP.

  • Leisure and community

Example: Proposals for establishment of new medical facilities or access by bus to improved existing facilities eg at Tangmere, will be supported within the parish settlement boundary subject to the other policies in the NP.

Example: Community facilities that support the social integration of major new developments.

Example: Depending on population size, provision of walk-to local shop/ café will be supported.

  • Getting around

Example: Support will be given to proposals that improve and extend the existing footpath and cycle path network subject to compliance with other development plan policies. The loss of existing footpaths and cycle paths will be resisted. Access to Chichester by cycle and electric bike should be supported.

The extension of bus services will be supported to enable a genuine alternative to private car use for the mostly rural nature of the parish. The significant housing proposals will be expected to facilitate this extension or re routed bus routes via an initial funding scheme to be incorporated into S106 or equivalent negotiations.

  • Climate change

Example. Proposals for energy-generating infrastructure using renewable or low carbon energy sources to serve individual properties or groups of properties will be supported.

Mitigation of the impact of climate change such as effective ditch maintenance and improvement as well as increased shading through tree planting will be supported.

Stephen Quigley June, 2021