Plans would see 268 new dwellings

Plans for land in Five Villages
Plans for land in Five Villages

MORE than 250 new homes could be built in the Five Villages.

The outline planning application for development on land at Nyton Road and Northfields Lane in Westergate and land off Eastergate’s Fontwell Avenue has been submitted to Arun District Council.

The application has been made by DMH Stallard Planning LLP on behalf of Land Fund Limited.

The proposals include the demolition of existing glasshouses, a residential bungalow, stables and various outbuildings. These would be replaced by up to 268 dwellings.

Plans also include 30 per cent affordable housing including 60 units of senior living accommodation, with associated access, public open space and landscaping.

The site covers 11.64 ha in total. Primary access will be off the A29 at Fontwell Avenue where the current access is situated with pedestrian and cycle access on to Nyton Road and Northfields Lane.

Tim Carey of Land Fund Ltd said:`“We are pleased that after a great deal of technical work and consultation with the public that we are now submitting our outline planning application for this site.

“We have had extensive discussions with Arun District Council, West Sussex County Council, met with the parish councils of Aldingbourne, Eastergate and Barnham and held two public exhibitions and listened carefully to what people have had to say.

“Our initial thoughts were for an application of up to 300 dwellings but as a result of feedback this has now been reduced to 268 dwellings.”

Mr Carey said plans included benefits to the community through monetary contributions to pedestrian and cycling improvements to Nyton Road and Fontwell Avenue, a multi-use games area (MUGA) at Aldingbourne Community Sports Centre and creating additional open space and extra tree planting.

Mr Carey said: “People told us very early on that they were concerned about overloading local facilities such as the schools and GP surgery.

“I am pleased that negotiations have taken place which mean we can provide financial contributions for an extension to the Croft GP surgery and make contributions to local primary and secondary schools.”

He claimed their extensive technical work on flooding and surface water issues had addressed the concerns local people raised with them at their public exhibitions.