Plans to replace a Lidsey grain store with eight homes

A farm grain store at Lidsey could be demolished and replaced with eight homes, gardens, parking, landscape and ecology areas.

Wednesday, 23rd June 2021, 2:00 pm

Plans to remove the agricultural buildings, concrete yards and access at Lidsey Lodge Farm, Sack Lane, have been submitted to Arun District Council.

The grain store is on 0.93 hectares of land on the north side of Sack Lane and east of the A29.

A design and access statement submitted with the application said the site had been used for a central farm grain store for grain grown at Lidsey and other nearby farms owned by the applicant.

An artist's impression of the eight dwellings at Sack Lane, Lidsey

A change in working practices meant the applicant wanted to store the grain in one location.

“If it was stored at Sack Lane it would significantly increase traffic and activity noise,” the statement said, so an alternative was to be used, leaving Sack Lane vacant.

The site could be used for industrial or large storage use but this was ‘inappropriate for this location’ due to the proximity of existing dwellings and the ‘modest width’ and ‘domestic nature’ of Sack Lane.

However, the farm enterprise still wanted to generate an income from the land.

“Currently the applicant’s family owns a number of dwellings along Sack Lane which are rented out to local families,” it continued.

The plan was to build eight ‘modest sized’ dwellings - four two bed houses, two three bed houses and two four bed houses - a paddock and move the access away from one existing property.

To comment or view the plans, go to the Arun District Council planning portal and search reference AL/75/21/PL.