Chichester Harbour Management Plan (2019-2024) Third Review
As a protected landscape, there is a duty to prepare a Management Plan for Chichester Harbour Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) every 5 years. Although this is a joint statutory requirement of the four neighbouring Local Authorities, of Hampshire County Council, West Sussex County Council, Chichester District Council and Havant Borough Council, collectively they appoint Chichester Harbour Conservancy to oversee the development of each Plan on their behalf.
The Management Plan is the single most important document for Chichester Harbour. It sets out an agreed partnership framework for the management of the area. Looking after Chichester Harbour is vitally important. The 29 square miles of landscape has a delicate balance of interests, from internationally important habitats and species, to a long and proud history of sailing and boat building. With 10,585 residents and over 1.5 million visitors every year, it is essential to have a Management Plan that is fit for now and the future.
The current Management Plan incorporates 18 Planning Principles, which were prepared to guide development in and around the AONB. The special qualities and policies within the Management Plan are a material planning consideration.
Priority Views Study
In 2019 the Conservancy commissioned David Hares Landscape Architecture to provide an independent appraisal of the likely visual impact that the emerging housing allocations in the Chichester Local Plan would have on the AONB, the South Downs National Park, and on historic views towards Chichester Cathedral. The full report and appendices are available to download below.