Refusal of plans due to safety fears

SERIOUS concerns about traffic and pedestrian safety led councillors to reject plans for up to 79 homes 
in Westergate.

Arun District Council’s development control committee decisively agreed to refuse planning permission for the estate on land west of Westergate Street and east of Hook Lane.

Cllr John Charles (C, Barnham) said Hook Lane was unsuitable for more vehicles.

“Putting extra traffic on that road would be a mistake and coming out on to a main road would be a disaster,” he said.

“We are causing too many problems for other people. I don’t think that’s the right thing to do in any development anywhere.”

Cllr Dougal Maconachie (C, Barnham) said: “I can’t stomach the number of houses. I might just be able to accept a third of them.

“I might not be happy even then. But this is an over-development on that site.”

Cllr Joyce Bowyer (C, Brookfield) said: “This is absolutely ridiculous. Hook Lane is a lane. It’s in a very poor state. There are no lights and the footpath is neglible.”

The committee agreed the proposal was unsuitable because it would be in the countryside and would have an adverse impact on the area.

They also said it was in the wrong location and poorly related to existing services.

The council had received objections from Aldingbourne Parish Council and the Villages Action Group as well as 145 letters of objection.