£35,000 to fight Yapton homes bid

A FUND to continue fighting a plan for 100 homes in Yapton has been agreed.

Arun District Council’s cabinet has decided to spend up to £35,000 battling the outline proposals for land to the south of Ford Lane and east of North End Road.

The council’s planning officers refused planning permission for the development, as reported.

But the applicant, Keith Langmead, has appealed against the refusal.

A public inquiry to determine the final outcome will be held by the planning inspectorate.

The funding will be spent on hiring counsel to represent Arun at the inquiry, as well as specialists to back its case for refusing the housing on landscape, archaeology and housing land supply matters among the eight reasons given.

The extra funding was needed because the planning department’s normal budget for defending decisions was largely used up in preparing for an earlier appeal on the same site by Mr Langmead.

This was for 250 homes but Mr Langmead withdrew the appeal bid before the inquiry was held.

Final approval for the funding needs to be given at next month’s meeting of the full council.