Fight begins against 250 homes plan to the west of Bognor

Angry residents are vowing to fight Taylor Wimpeys bid for homes on land north of Sefter Road, Aldwick
Angry residents are vowing to fight Taylor Wimpeys bid for homes on land north of Sefter Road, Aldwick

Opposition is mounting against fresh plans for a major new development of 250 homes.

And with the potential for more than 3,000 new houses to be built on sites around Pagham, Rose Green and Aldwick, fears have been expressed that an imminent application to build on farmland off Sefter Road will open the floodgates.

Taylor Wimpey will outline plans for up to 250 houses north of Sefter Road and east of Pagham Road at an exhibition next week.

After letters were sent to neighbouring residents detailing the proposals, concerned residents contacted the Observer.

Rose Green Road resident Gill Homer said: “I’ve lived here for 54 years, all my life and my house backs right on to where they want to build.

“I see it flood nearly every year, and if they put 250 houses there, that water has to go somewhere.

“That’s not to mention the traffic around here which is already dreadful, umpteen cars end up in the ditch along Pagham Road every weekend.

“We just don’t have the amenities for so many more people,” she added, vowing this was ‘the start of the fight’.

Her husband, Albert, added: “You used to be able to see the cathedral from our garden before the trees grew, so it shows you we’re not all that far from Chichester.

“There’s supposed to be this strategic gap, but if they start building on it, that gap is only going to get smaller.”

Taylor Wimpey has owned the land since before 2000, when it had an application for houses rejected by Arun.

It is one of a number of sites around the Pagham parish being targeted for houses.

The Observer understands that land at the Hook Lane site is already being cleared with a bid for about 400 homes imminent. An application for 400 homes has gone in on land south of Summer Lane, close to where 130 homes already have approval.

Murrell’s Farm is already named as a strategic site, allocated for between 1,000 and 2,000 homes.

Pagham Parish Council’s planning chairman David Huntley said: “It’s a stupid place to build houses, it’s clearly a flood plain.

“It could be the start of 3,000 new homes being built in the Pagham parish.

“Pagham only has 3,500 houses at the moment so you’re talking about almost doubling the population.”

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