Just when things were calming down a bit we are looking at applications for nearly 500 new houses just in Witterings, Bracklesham and Earnley.

  • 24/00266/REM  – Green field site West of Church Lane, East Wittering for 70 houses
  • 23/02916/REM – Green field site South of Clappers Lane for 100 houses
  • 23/01967/FULEIA  – Hybrid Planning Application for Medmerry Park. expanded facilities including an open air cinema.
  • 22/02214/FULEIA  – Barratt’s have now lodged an appeal against CDC’s refusal last September on this flood prone green field.  Over 300 houses.  The lead appeal reference is APP/L3815/W/24/3341439 but there is a linked appeal of the same field.  The linked appeal is APP/L3815/W/24/3341520
  • 24/01004/OUTEIA – This is another application from Barratt’s on the Stubcroft site.  It may appear confusing but this application appears to attempt to get round or “mitigate” various objections raised on their two earlier applications to build on this field.  It is now for 268 houses – a reduction of 57.

Clicking on the application numbers shown in bold above will take you direct to the relevant CDC planning portal.


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 909 more houses on the Western Manhood

This includes 200 that have already been approved but not yet built. The Witterings, Bracklesham, and Earnley alone have already provided nearly 400 new houses in the last ten years. 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  Head 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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