LETTER: Further questions about Whitehouse Farm development

AFTER attending the city council meeting where Whitehouse Farm was discussed, I am left with the following unanswered questions.

Having looked on Rightmove at houses for sale in Chichester, I note that the cheapest two-bedroom houses are priced at or above £190,000.

Will the new ‘affordable’ houses on the Whitehouse Farm development be cheaper?

At or around seven times the local average salary, the word ‘affordable’ seems meaningless.

Rightmove have several pages of properties at higher prices in or around Chichester.

Will ‘building more of the same’ do anything to address housing need ?

There seems to be no shortage of houses available for people who can afford to spend around £350,000 or above; we don’t need any more!

Does our planning authority have a policy of not allowing building on greenfield sites unless and until all brownfield options are exhausted?

Why sacrifice good productive arable land when small-scale and ‘infill’ alternatives are still available and all around us.

Unoccupied housing is a national scandal.

Perhaps not as serious in Chichester as in some places, but one worthy of being taken into consideration when assessing housing need.

Does planning take this into consideration before rushing to build that which we might already have? My understanding is that it is not within the remit of our planners to have this information.

How can an informed decision about ‘housing need’ be made when we don’t know what is already out there?

Climate predictions suggest that water might become a serious problem within the next few decades.

We just don’t have enough as it is during dry summers.

Is it sensible to contemplate another 1,500 (and this is only phase 1) domestic properties with a conservative average of three occupants drawing on an already inadequate source?

The Funtington road, planned to be the point of access and egress for the site, is already inadequate for current usage.

Is adding up to another possible 1,000 vehicles a realistic proposal?

It is not Luddite to want to keep the character of Chichester as it is and should this plan be passed, many of us might reasonably feel that the reasons for choosing to live here have been seriously compromised.

Chichester residents are being asked to pay too high a price just to satisfy a crude and insensitive government diktat which our planners seem unwilling to challenge.

Should they not (as our elected representatives) be reflecting local opinion?

Alan Carn

Whyke Road

Chichester