Safety concerns over plans for new house access in Bognor Regis

Bersted Parish Council has joined residents in objecting to plans for a new vehicular access at Bedford Avenue.

Friday, 4th June 2021, 2:49 pm
Updated Monday, 7th June 2021, 2:36 pm

A planning application has been submitted to Arun District Council for the replacement of a blockwork boundary wall with a fence and new access at 339 Chichester Road.

The plan relates to the back of the property which is on Bedford Avenue.

West Sussex County Council carried out a desktop study which said the visibility splay was the required 43m and concluded it had no highway safety concerns.

Bedford Avenue, Bersted. Photo: Google Streetview

After a meeting on Tuesday, the parish council submitted its comments to the district council.

“The proposed new vehicular access is on a bend and the plan showing the visibility splay does not take into account that residents’ cars are parked nearing the bend which makes it impossible for the visibility splay of 43m to be achieved,” it said.

“It is a safety issue for pedestrians, children and cars if this access is allowed.

“Bedford Avenue, where the proposed vehicular access is, is also subject to a traffic mitigation scheme.”

Residents of Bedford Avenue have also submitted their objections and concerns calling it an ‘accident waiting to happen’.

They said it was a busy road with parked cars used by children and disabled residents and the company vans and employee vehicles at the back of the property limited visibility.

To view the application and comment go to the Arun District Council planning portal and use the reference BE/59/21/PL.