Wakeford’s Field is a five acre site in the Village of Hambrook, near Chichester, West Sussex, enjoying a semi-rural position adjoining the settlement. It had been submitted in the Chichester SHLAA, and deemed deliverable and achievable.
We first approached the Vendors of the site in September 2013. It was the subject of an outline application for 30 plots, 18 private, and 12 affordable. The application was lodged in October 2013 and included provision for community owned allotments and Orchards on site. Following a series of meetings with the Owners, we were instructed to sell the site on their behalf, subject to planning.
A full marketing campaign was instigated, with a great deal of interest from potential purchasers. Unfortunately, in March 2014 the site was refused planning permission and an appeal was lodged. The informal Hearing was held on 11th June 2014. The Inspector allowed the appeal, with a consent being granted in July 2014. There followed a second round of exhaustive negotiations with potential purchasers. After the lead bidder was discounted due to performance issues, the site was sold to Mildren Homes, with completion finally taking place in March 2015. This followed intensive and prolonged ground investigation work due to drainage constraints, including compulsory ground water monitoring imposed by C.D C.