Archaeological Works to be undertaken on the Tangmere Strategic Development Location Site

Tangmere SDL – Community Letter March 24

Over the course of the next three year the Vistry Group will be undertaking archaeological works on the Tangmere Strategic Development Location Site.  As you are aware Chichester District Council have resolved to grant outline planning permission for development on the site which will include 1,300 new homes, as well as a primary school, new community and commercial facilities.  Technical work was undertaken to support the planning process which included archaeological evaluations.  As a result of this, areas of archaeological interest were found on the site and surrounding agricultural land.  This included the remains of a Roman settlement, Bronze and Iron Age features.

The University College of London’s (UCL) Archaeology South-East team will be undertaking archaeological excavations across 14 hectares of the site, commencing in April 2024 and running until late 2026.  During this time the archaeological team will initially access the site   via Copse Farm, off Tangmere Road, and from September 2024 via the A285/A27 roundabout.  Two site compounds will be set up and signage will be displayed at all site entrances.  To minimise any disruption, working hours will be confined to 8am – 4pm from Monday to Thursday and 8am – 3.30pm on Fridays.  No work will be carried out at weekends or bank holidays.

If you have any questions you can make contact via email on or by calling Freephone number 0808 168 8296.