New homes should have support – MP

ADEQUATE services have to be in place before new housing is allowed, MP Nick Herbert has told the House of Commons.

Mr Herbert used the experiences of residents in Barnham to argue that planning authorities had to show there was, or will be, enough roads, drains and schools to support new development.

Mr Herbert, the MP for Arundel and South Downs, tabled an amendment to the Growth and Infrastructure Bill which was debated in Parliament on Monday to make this a requirement.

This followed a summit meeting he held last Friday in which Barnham villagers were among those who spoke of the effect of inadequate drainage. “Sewage is the most extreme symptom of an ever more common problem – a lack of infrastructure to support development,” said Mr Herbert.

He stressed he was not against new housing but it had to be supported by services.