It's the old story. A 'Catch 22' situation. Britain's rising population needs housing, and it needs it in places where there are jobs. Last time I looked, though, no more land was being made, so the pressure is ramping up. Where degrees of compromise may have been necessary to cope with expansion in the past, accommodating the population boom is making things worse in the 21st century.
But, even if the city of Chichester is bursting at the seams, Westhampnett is not the right place to put a large housing development, with approval for 300 units currently under debate, regardless of whether or not you care about the future of the wonderful Goodwood Motor Circuit.
Motor racing and public housing developments have never been happy bedfellows - only those who started a niche market building circuit resorts for owners, essentially stakeholders, to enjoy their cars in remote areas of Spain, for instance, may have got it right - but like all enthusiasts I get sick of the whining of people who relocate to within a few miles of a track, then express anger when the facility is used.