MP urges councillors to vote against large housing plan

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MP Nick Herbert has urged councillors to reject the latest proposal for thousands of homes around Aldingbourne.

Mr Herbert, the MP for Arundel and South Downs, said Arun District Council members should vote against the latest version of their local plan prepared by officers.

He said the 2,000 home scheme – as part of a 580 homes a year target – was too much for the area to absorb.

“After all the outcry about the higher target proposed in the draft plan and the garden city proposals, I am dismayed to see that these remain in the new version,” said Mr Herbert.

Arun needs a plan, and local people understand the need for new housing, but this must be at sustainable levels.”

Mr Herbert met the leaders of Barnham, Walberton, Aldingbourne and Eastergate parish councils on May 11 to discuss the matter.

n PLANS for a new Yapton housing estate have been thrown out.

Arun District Council’s development and control committee rejected the outline proposal for some 34 homes on land to the south of Fellows Gardens on May 8.

Among their reasons were concerns over foul sewage and lack of public open space.

Committee chairman Jacqui Maconachie (Con, Aldwick West) said: “It is extremely difficult to decide on outline planning applications as there is no way of knowing exactly what we are going to get.

“It goes against the grain. We really are between a rock and a hard place.”

Committee member Jean Goad (Con, Barnham) asked if the ten affordable homes 
set out in the plan were needed.

Andy Elder, the council’s housing strategy and enabling manager, said out of the 1,147 on Arun’s housing list, 18 had selected Yapton as their preferred location.

He said the council had to provide 1,000 affordable homes by March, 2015.

Cllr John Mills said Yapton Parish Council objected to the outline proposal for several reasons.

“The already-approved 173 new homes in Goodhew Close and this application for another 34 homes would add even more pressure 
on to Burndell Road,” said 
Cllr Mills.

He added the application was premature and housing should be decided by the parish’s neighbourhood plan, which was making good progress.

Graham Beck, the developers’ agent, spoke in favour of the plans for the dwellings, which would have been detached, semi-detached and terraced and a mix of two, three and four-bedrooms.