Thousands of pounds have been allocated to continue work on the compulsory purchase order in Tangmere.
At Chichester District Council’s meeting on Tuesday, it was agreed to allocate £150,000 from the remaining planning delivery grant reserve and general reserve to fund the work.
The Tangmere site was deemed fundamental to the delivery of the housing requirement as identified in the Local Plan and for the council to be able to continue to demonstrate a five-year housing land supply.
Cllr Susan Taylor, cabinet member for planning services, said: “The Tangmere site has been identified as a strategic development location in the Local Plan for the provision of 1,000 homes and associated infrastructure.
“The site has the support of the parish council and has been identified in the Tangmere neighbourhood plan.
“Despite meetings between Chichester District Council officers and landowner promoters of the site, little progress has been made to date.
“As there has been little progress to date, it is felt that the council has no alternative but to continue with the CPO progress.
“A CPO is very specialised work and in order to engage the experts required, an additional £150,000 is requested.
“There is a possibility we might be able to recoup this money as part of the CPO through its developer partner.”
As reported in The Chichester Post at the end of January, residents in Tangmere received a letter stating Chichester District Council was considering making a compulsory purchase order.
The correspondence stated that the compulsory purchase order would acquire land and interests in an area of land situated at Tangmere.
The land is located to the north and west of Tangmere Road and south of the A27 Arundel Road.
Knight Frank are the council’s CPO advisers and Mr Nigel Riley from Citicentric, a property development management consultancy, attended the meeting to answer queries from members.
He said: “Knight Frank have been talking to existing landowners and they have established there is a demand in the market for this sort of project and they will secure a master planner.”
Cllr Richard Plowman was concerned about the project. He said: “I think everybody recognises that if you are going to go ahead with this, one thing of concern is if the £150,000 is the end of it or would there be further fees.”