The site, known locally as Chatsmore Farm, extends to some 19 ha. The local train station lies adjacent to the south eastern boundary of the site. The northern boundary of the land extends along the edge of the A259, while the southern boundary runs along the South Coast rail line.


The surrounding area comprises residential properties, with fields and an open landscape to the north of the A259. Chatsmore Catholic High School is located in its campus just beyond the southern boundary, adjacent to the railway line.


The site itself comprises flat arable fields, bordered by semi-improved grassland. Within the north portion of the land a river, Ferring Rife, flows east to west, beyond which there is a prominent overhead electricity power line, which is supported by lattice pylons.


The proposals have been shaped by detailed landscape and ecological assessments of the site that have been distilled into the accompanying master plan


The broad principles are as follows:


  • The area to the north of the Rife is to remain as open farmland;

  • The area to the south of the Rife is to be a neighbourhood of approximately 465 new homes;

  • There will be an extensive belt of public open space and a retained wildlife corridor;

  • There will be a new public car park to serve Goring Station;

  • and A new local centre in the south eastern corner