Building 250 homes off Sefter Road will cause ‘chaos’

In total 285 people turned out for the exhibition for proposals for 250 homes off Sefter Road
In total 285 people turned out for the exhibition for proposals for 250 homes off Sefter Road

Residents from Aldwick, Pagham, Rose Green and Bognor packed an exhibition showing off plans for 250 homes off Sefter Road.

More than 280 residents, local councillors and stakeholders turned out at the Royal British Legion club in Aldwick on Wednesday, July 20, to view the proposals.

Pagham residents Andrew and Sue Dove were amongst those against the plans

Pagham residents Andrew and Sue Dove were amongst those against the plans

Many of those who turned out raised concern over increases to traffic on already congested roads, flooding, and over development.

Long-term Pagham residents Andrew and Sue Dove were two of those who didn’t approve.

Andrew said: “I don’t think anyone here objects to smaller developments, but this is for 250 homes to start with on a piece of arable land which for years has been used to grow food.

“And they want to access the site from Sefter road. When I first came down here as a young man more than 50 years ago, there were horse and carts coming up and down that road.

“So you’ll get 700 plus cars coming out of that tiny road and joining already congested roads, look at how gridlocked it is going from Bognor to Bersted already. It will be chaos.”

Aldwick and Pagham Scouts operate from a building at the entrance of the land, and they have raised concerns over what the proposals mean for their future, with no dedicated building earmarked for them in the new plans.

See next week’s Bognor Regis Observer for the full story.

A Taylor Wimpey spokesman said: “The purpose of our consultation event was to enable the local community to find out more about our emerging residential-led proposals for our proposed development of up to 250 new homes, and we would like to thank all of the 285 people who attended.

“We had some very useful discussions with local residents, councillors and other key stakeholders and we will now look carefully at the comments we have received to make sure people’s views are taken into account as we finalise our planning application for submission to Arun District Council in the autumn.

“As well as providing much-needed open market and affordable homes, our proposals include the provision of land for a new primary school, a site for a new multi-purpose community facility and significant areas of open space including a circular recreational footpath.

“The proposals are by no means fixed and we will be flexible where we can to take into consideration the community’s thoughts and opinions.

“We will also be making a significant financial contribution towards improving local facilities and infrastructure as part of our proposed scheme.”

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