Major housing plan for North Bersted submitted

An aerial view of the proposed housing in New Barn Lane in North Bersted SUS-150709-150811001
An aerial view of the proposed housing in New Barn Lane in North Bersted SUS-150709-150811001

A planning application for up to 90 new homes in North Bersted has been submitted.

Landform Estates has given the proposal for a field next to New Barn Lane to Arun District Council.

Landform director Erik Pagano said he was working closely with planning officers to design housing that meets the needs of the community and which comfortably fits the landscape.

“This is an attractive site that fits in neatly with the current dwellings in North Bersted and will provide much-needed housing for the area and benefits to the wider community,” he said.

As reported, some 90 residents filled Jubilee Parish Hall for an exhibition and question and answer session held by Landform Estates last week.

Among the objections raised to the proposed development was its impact on flooding and surrounding roads.

Mr Pagano presented the plans to the event and said the fears were unfounded.

He said: “We want to assure local residents in North Bersted that this development will not have any detrimental impact. In fact, we are committed to repairing the pipework in the area to help solve already existing problems with localised flooding and foul sewage.

“We are here to help fix current problems and ensure that high-quality new facilities will be built for the site. We hope to improve the locality rather than damage it.”

The New Barn Lane development is set to provide generous parking within the site for the individual houses, on-street parking and another five spaces at the entrance to the footpath to help relieve existing parking problems.

With regard to traffic, Landform is proposing a wider access to the site than county council guidelines to easily accommodate dustbin lorries and similar vehicles.

The impact of extra traffic on Chichester Road and beyond is said by the company to be negligible. Landform is also working with the county footpath officer to improve footpaths and cycleways around the site.

The intended scheme would help Arun to meet its target of 758 new homes a year, added Mr Pagano.

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