Developers are quizzed on Pagham plans by residents

THREE developers faced a barrage of questions about their plans from Pagham residents.

The first event of its kind saw 225 people pack the village hall to quiz the companies about the housing. It was so popular the same number of people were unable to get in.

Parish council chairman Ray Radmall said later: “We will be holding a second meeting, hopefully before the end of this month. Those people who have been given tickets will have reserved seats.

“We are grateful to everyone who went along and it’s important they all have a chance to have their say.”

The meeting was the latest stage in the creation of the parish’s neighbourhood plan.This has to include land to build 100 homes up to 2028.

The location and type of housing will be decided by residents in a poll next spring.

Cllr Radmall told those present on Tuesday: “This is your decision. The safeguarding of Pagham for the future is in your hands.”

The first developer on show was Hanbury Properties, on behalf of Langmead, with its plan for 100 homes on land north of Summer Lane.

Mike Davies, for Hanbury, said: “We want to provide housing to support local services, attract young families, provide recreational opportunities and create the chance to strengthen the village hall as the heart of the community.”

The company proposed to develop 5.8 hectares. A further 2.2ha would be open space. Four more acres would be given to the village hall.

Summer Lane would be widened in line with highways officials’ advice to cope with the extra traffic.

But Ed Blackburn, of the residents’ association at the neighbouring Mill Farm Park estate, said: “You are going to be building this estate right next to an estate comprising 271 homes occupied mostly by retired people. You are obviously not aware Summer Lane is a rat run for teenage drivers wanting to go off-road racing. You are going to make it easier for them.”

Others queried the ability of Summer Lane to be more intensively used. Questions focused on sewage disposal, the prospect of further development, and open space.

The second developer was Taylor Wimpey with plans for up to 350 homes at Sefter Road. Its planning agent, David Bradley, said the scheme would also provide land for a new primary school and new facilities for 1st Aldwick and Pagham Sea Scouts.

Brief comments followed from a representative of Osborne Refrigerators for 50-90 homes around its Sefter Road factory.