Controversial housing plans for Arun agreed

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NEARLY 600 homes a year will be built around the Arun district for 15 years as controversial plan is approved.

The number of dwellings was agreed by councillors to ensure they met the government’s demands to allow more housing.

Councillors reluctantly decided on an annual average of 580 dwellings for their emerging local plan based on three sets of independent research.

But where the strategic sites included in the document will go remains unclear, after the council voted to reconsider areas previously earmarked in Barnham, Eastergate and Westergate.

Ricky Bower, Arun’s cabinet member for planning and infrastructure, told the meeting held last Wednesday (January 8) the council needed to adopt a local plan quickly to give it a firmer position to defend against speculative development.

Thes decisions made by councillors were:

* refer the decision to make Barnham, Eastergate and Westergate a strategic area for at least 2,060 homes back to a future meeting of the local plan sub-committee;

* overturn the rejection of the Bognor Regis Eco Quarter, land west of Westergate and Ford as being suitable for housing and refer them back to the sub-committee; and

* refer the number of homes planned for Barnham, Eastergate and Westergate back to the sub-committee.

For the full story see the Bognor Regis Observer out on Thursday, January 16.