Affordable homes needed in Yapton, developer argues

Proposed site for 100 new homes in Yapton, behind St Mary's Church and south of Ford Lane
Proposed site for 100 new homes in Yapton, behind St Mary's Church and south of Ford Lane

THE proposed development on land at the back of St Mary’s Church in Yapton is a saga which was raged for nearly two years.

If it goes through on appeal, the new houses would have access from Ford Lane.

After a 250-home bid was rejected, a scaled down 100-home outline application was also turned down by Arun District Council in October, 2014.

The site comprises 3.4 hectares of land, where Strutt & Parker wants to build up to 100 homes along with 1.1 hectares of land for public open space and a further 2.2 hectares for open space and green corridor.

While vehicular access would come from Ford Lane, there would also be pedestrian and cycle access from North End Road. Up to 30 per cent of the homes would be affordable.

Speaking at the planning inquiry on behalf of the appellant, Graeme Keen said: “The scheme will have minimal impact on the character and visual amenities of the locality, preserve the setting of the church and the character and appearance of the Conservation Area.

“It will provide a high-quality residential development in an extensively landscaped publicly assessable parkland setting that relates well to its surroundings and provides ready access to local services and facilities.”

He added that it addressed Arun District Council’s five-year deficit of affordable housing and would benefit the community.

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