PROTESTING residents fighting large-scale housing plans are set to highlight what they say would be ‘at risk’ if plans went ahead.
Residents of Barnham, Eastergate and Westergate are being invited to a protest rally and walk round the farmland threatened by the building of more than 2,000 houses and a new road scheme for the A29 included in Arun District Council’s local plan.
The Villages Action Group (VAG) has organised the rally to coincide with the final six-week public consultation about the soundness of the document.
MP for Arundel and the South Downs Nick Herbert will be joining the walk, which starts at 11am on November 23 at Manor Farm, Church Lane, Eastergate.
VAG member Pip Pegler, one of the walk organisers said: “We are hoping for a good turn-out from local people, who we know are very concerned this plan will have a devastating impact on the villages.
“People are very frustrated by the fact that Arun’s planners don’t seem to be listening.
“The idea of concreting over this farm to build more than 2,000 houses in an area which has a history of flooding defies commonsense.
“The plan threatens us with a very expensive new road which will create traffic chaos in the villages and gridlock at Fontwell.”
VAG chairman Mike Turner said he hoped the rally would provide people with the information they needed for the responses they needed to make at this stage of the consultation.
Mr Turner said: “People need to understand what kind of responses can be made to this stage of consultation, which must focus on whether the local plan and its policies are sustainable, deliverable, positively prepared and sound.”
Mr Turner said he believed there were issues with the plan including a lack of infrastructure and a long history of flooding in the area.