Plans for 250 new homes get the thumbs down in Yapton

PLANS for 250 new homes in Yapton have formally been opposed.

Yapton Parish Council has sent a detailed seven page objection letter to Arun District Council attacking the proposals for farmland behind the village’s St Mary’s Church.

Andy Faulkner, chairman of Yapton Parish Council’s planning committee, said: “The parish council represents the views of local residents who have already spoken out loudly and clearly against any more large-scale development in the village.

“The delightful setting of the historic St Mary’s Church in one of Yapton’s conservation areas will be destroyed if this development goes ahead.

“It is simply an opportunistic application.

“These homes are not wanted or needed in Yapton and we trust the district council when it determines the application will see through it and refuse to grant planning permission.”

The parish council also objects to the homes saying it sees no merit in the proposed development.

It says the development is located outside the defined built up area where the countryside is protected and new development is strictly controlled.

Concerns the new estate would be unsustainable and would harm the views from and to St Mary’s Church, as well as the character and setting of the conservation area and its surrounds are also raised.

Residents have already voiced their concerns at the application by the landowner Keith Langmead.

Two public meetings have already been held in the village’s hall to discuss the application.

At the first meeting called by MP for Bognor Regis and Littlehampton Nick Gibb, some 170 residents attended and unanimously voted to reject the proposal.

On the second occasion, 79 members of the public turned out to a special meeting of the parish council’s planning committee.

Again, all 79 residents flatly rejected the proposal.

Villagers have voiced fears about increased traffic and flooding.

They are also worried the lack of facilities in the village would mean it would not be able to cope with the number of new residents the homes would attract as spaces at the local school and surgeries were limited.

Mr Gibb has also thrown his support behind the protests urging all residents to make their voices heard.

He advised them to be vigilant and keep an eye on what was going on in their area.