Felpham access road to airfield approved

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PROTESTS from Felpham councillors about a new road to a former airfield have been over-ruled.

The parish council members objected to the 800m-long access route on the one-time Lec Airfield being built.

But Arun District Council’s development control committee backed the scheme from Sime Darby from the A259 Felpham Way, mainly open grassland with some vegetation.

Felpham parish councillor Reg Geary told the committee: “This airfield is going to be developed.

“We are concerned this track will eventually wind up as a paved road with access to this development.

“This track will meet the A259 where there’s the community college and the leisure centre.

“We expect most of the traffic will go on to the relief road.

“We think this track will bring a lot of it back, but it will be heavy vehicles.

“On certain days, this road is particularly busy because of Butlin’s.”

Committee member Cllr Elaine Stainton (C, Felpham) abstained from approving the plan. She said: “I also have concerns because of the traffic on the A259 between the Butlin’s roundabout and the leisure centre.

“We are at a standstill in Felpham at the moment. I am concerned about how many traffic movements we would have just to maintain this road.”

Council planning officer Neil Crowther said: “The road is not suitable for large-scale access.

“It will be 4m wide with some passing bays where it will be extended to 6m in width.

“It will allow vehicles to access the site for routine maintenance.”

The scheme did not present any technical issues or lead to a greater flood risk from the Lidsey Rife.