The biggest current danger to the Western Manhood from over development are two identical planning applications for 150 houses on one field opposite Birdham Stores on the Main Road.

You may already have objected to the existing one – check here.


We have passed the CDC cut off date for comments but they often accept late submissions so it may not be too late to comment.

There is something else you can do to help fight these Gladman’s applications and that is to get behind the Birdham Village Residents Association who are leading a very concerted effort on behalf of us all.  You can find them here

There is another video on YouTube which you can see by clicking here.It can also be found by going to YouTube and in the search bar enter “Birdham 150 unwanted houses”

Click All Applications to see all developments in the Western Manhood and how to comment – including CDC Planning Department’s postal address.

The Witterings, Bracklesham and Birdham are some of the last few undeveloped coastal villages on the south coast between Brighton and Southampton.

The Manhood Peninsula contains some of the south’s most important wildlife, high grade agricultural land and critical wetlands, that are vital in the UK’s response to climate change.

Unbelievably our natural and unspoilt landscapes are being put up for unprecedented housing development. These green spaces should be protected from a local development plan but sadly CDC have failed to deliver one in time, so developers are now applying to build on the green agricultural land that our wildlife and ecotourism so heavily relies upon.

If these developments to ahead, our rural villages will merge into one big city on the sea.

Manhope was started in 2017 amidst growing concerns about the urbanisation of the western end of the Manhood Peninsula, just south of Chichester, and was intended to be an informative portal. That remains the central purpose today but with more Manhope volunteers we are actively informing residents through events, newsletters and public meetings.

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Have you considered the impact of further development

  • The existing traffic infrastructure – one road in, one road out.
  • The overwhelmed medical facilities and emergency services.
  • Inadequate sewage and water drainage systems.
  • The flood risk with developments proposed in low lying flood plains.
  • Endangered wildlife – using animal corridors for development.
  • The lack of employment opportunities in the area.
  • The loss of eco tourism and its impact on the local economy.

Currently there are planning applications for 832 more houses on the Western Manhood

The latest application, mid-July 2021, (21/01830/OUT) for 150 houses and a “community park” in the green field opposite Birdham Stores brings the total number currently under consideration to 832 . This is on top of the 378 recently completed or currently under construction in Birdham, The Witterings, Bracklesham, and Earnley alone. Across the whole Peninsula the total number of new houses could be over 3,000. Never before have our Parish Councils come together with such a single purpose – to oppose these large and speculative developments.

To help you can :

  • Write to your Parish Council offering your support.
  • Make sure you object to the latest and all large applications – see below.
  • Write to Andrew Frost and Susan Taylor Heads of Planning at CDC – see below.
  • Write to our MP Gillian Keegan
How to object

Environmental Information Reporting Form

East Wittering and Bracklesham Parish Council are building a database of environmental issues that affect the Parish. This evidence will help them to produce a comprehensive picture of the current vulnerabilities in the Parish and help to lobby the relevant statutory organisations more effectively for improvements and changes.

The form can be used to report any sewage or surface water flooding incidents, and to share significant wildlife sightings. Please contribute towards this database and attach photos if possible so they can build a photo archive of evidence.

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Current Applications

150 houses

Main Road, Birdham

This application is now the subject of an appeal by the developer for non determination by CDC.  This green field site opposite Birdham Stores is for 150 dwellings and a "community park" . Go to our Images page to see pictures and video of this flood prone site.

View Application Email CDC Planning
To say what you think about this and other urbanisation

65 houses

Bracklesham Lane, Bracklesham

This application for 65 houses on yet another green field site could lead to substantial urbanisation. Note roadway on plan to facilitate access to larger site and possibly linkup  with Barratts site in Church Road East Wittering. Could lead to more than 800 houses eventually.

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You must give your address and the application number

100 houses

Clappers Lane, Earnley

Application was refused by CDC on very sound grounds. Developer appealed and that appeal has been upheld by the Inspectorate on grounds that will appall local residents. Earnley Parish Council and local residents did everything thy could but sadly democracy in this arena is "histoire"

View Application Email CDC Planning
You must give your address and the application number

70 houses (226)

Church Road, East Wittering

Application refused by CDC. Developer appealed and won the appeal so expect a full application for 70 new houses to be, probably, followed by a further 156 in due course.

View Application Email CDC Planning
You must give your address and the application number

access & 45 sheltered accomodation

Church Road, East Wittering

Barratts have taken the next step in developing this green field by lodging an application for 45 sheltered houses and access to the green field site.  This should be read in conjunction with the application for 280 houses in the same field.

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You must give your address and the application number

280 houses etc etc

Church road East wittering

This is the biggest application on the Peninsula by far.  It includes retail and commercial units.People who commented on the EIA application made last year need to use or adjust their comments for this and the other one on this field

View Application Email CDC Planning
You must give your address and the application number

25 houses

Church LANE, Birdham

Application refused by CDC.  Developer appealed and inspector has


Quite right too in the AONB.

View Application Email CDC Planning
You must give your address and the application number

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The Last Straw

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