Developer had to show how homes affect crossings

FAILING to say how new homes would affect level crossings in Yapton and Ford has led to the plans being rejected.

Brookworth Homes submitted outline plans for 45 dwellings on land south of Burndell Road.

But Arun District Council said the company had been unable to show how much impact traffic from the housing would have on the rail crossings.

Rail operator Network Rail had asked for the information before it would comment on the proposal.

But Brookworth was unwilling to carry out the assessments, according to the council’s report of the decision.

It was one of six reasons given for the scheme to be refused permission.

In his report planning officer Peter Cleveland said the housing would be outside the built up area boundary. “The proposal represents a significant encroachment into the countryside resulting in a significant adverse impact on the character of the area and loss of countryside,” he wrote.

There was also a lack of information about the proposed housing’s impact on the area, the failure to generate 30 per cent affordable housing and how improvements could be made to Burndell Road to cope with the extra traffic.

The proposed development would consist of one to four-bed homes along with 102 parking spaces on a 2.4 hectare site.

Objections to the scheme were received from Yapton Parish Council. It said the site was grade one farmland and the scheme would put the drainage and sewage facilities under strain.

Arun also received 11 individual letters from nine addresses with protests about the proposals.