Frustration over developer agreements voiced by Arun councillor

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West Sussex County Council is making ‘nonsense’ of district council decisions with regards to infrastructure, an Arun councillor said yesterday (Monday September 12)

Cllr Ricky Bower questioned a county council speaker citing amendments made to developer agreements that had seen money moved away from projects approved by the district council.

His comments at the Bognor Regeneration Subcommittee meeting came after a presentation on partnership between the district and county councils in supporting growth.

Cllr Bower said: “As the local authority we had a responsibility to ensure that when we approve an application the sites we back are sustainable and deliverable, and the reason that they are sustainable and deliverable is because of the infrastructure.”

“For a local authority to go back on infrastructure agreements - it makes nonsense of us deciding on a planning application in public and hearing what the public have to say about the planning application.”

He added that he wished for a less ‘fraut’ relationship between the councils, but that infrastructure was key to regeneration.

County council speaker Greg Ockwell responded that he hoped communication both internally and externally at the council could be improved.

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