Formal proposals for 1,500 homes have been revealed for Ford Airfield.
Redrow Homes Southern Counties and Wates Development have submitted outline plans to Arun District Council for the scheme.
As well as the housing, it will comprise a 60-bed care home, up to 9,000sq m of floorspace for jobs and a local centre for businesses and community or leisure use.
Space has also been allocated for a two-form entry primary school, new sports pitches and public open space.
The large-scale development has been called The Landings to reflect the site’s aviation heritage.
A statement by the companies’ planning agent, Luke Vallins, says: “The desire to bring forward a redevelopment proposal for The Landings has been instigated, led and strongly supported by the local community, and has developed through an extensive engagement programme.”
The proposals have been designed to include a range of elements to reflect the site conditions and the views of existing villagers, he states.
This include two distinct northern and southern neighbourhoods, with the care home, connected by a new Spine Street to link Ford Lane to the north and Yapton Road to the south.
Mr Vallins says there will be ‘provision of new employment uses in close proximity to new and existing residents, complementing the existing employment provision at the airfield’.
A major area of open space in each of the neighbourhoods will be provided as well as paying tribute to the former route of the Arun to Chichester Canal to the north and Runway Park to the south to reflect the alignment of the former runway.
“Residential development will typically be between two and 2.5 storeys, but with flexibility to extend up to a maximum of three storeys in selected locations.
“Residential development will be provided at a range of densities at selected locations across the area,” adds Mr Vallins. This will vary between 20 and 45 dwellings for each hectare.
As reported, Ford residents have formed the largest community land trust in the county to be able to play a large part in the scheme.
They have joined forces with social housing provider, Aster Group, to take on 450 of the homes.
The trust will also control the development’s community hub of a potential surgery, library, primary and secondary schools and shops.