Crucial debate about new homes in Barnham and Eastergate

COUNCILLORS will meet tonight, Wednesday April 30, for a crucial decision about allocating land for thousands of new homes in Barnham and Eastergate

The Arun District Council members have been recommended to enable some 2,000 homes to be built on farmland.

If they agree, the policy will be included in the council’s draft local plan to set out its land use for the next 15 years.

But campaigners in the Villages Action Group continue to mount a strong fight against the proposal.

They will be staging a rally outside the council offices in Littlehampton before the meeting to make their views known again.

Volunteers have spent the past week publicising the rally to ensure as big a show of opposition for the housing as possible.

A report by council head of planning policy and conservation Simon Meecham to the meeting recommends the Barnham and Eastergate scheme for housing along with land at Angmering for 600 homes.

He states: “The Barnham, Eastergate, Westergate and Angmering sites recommended meet the agreed strategic objectives of the local plan and have been the subject of public consultation, have land owner support, sound viability assessments and no unresolved issues from the specific consultation bodies in the relevant planning regulations, save parish councils.

“Critical infrastructure to be delivered by these allocations included upgrading the A29, A259 and addressing school provision.”

Agreement by the council will mean the local plan’s draft version will become subject to an examination in public by a planning inspector before the final version is decided.