Residents call for Yapton to stay a village

KEEP Yapton as a village, residents have demanded.

Scores of villagers turned out at the latest drop-in day organised by the compilers of the area’s neighbourhood plan. A total of 103 went along to last Saturday’s event in the village hall.

Yapton day

Yapton day

Among them was Elizabeth Stanton, 60, of Burndell Road. She said: “We can’t take any more housing. The problem with development is that there is no infrastructure.

“When it rains, the water runs off the fields because there are no drains and the roads are getting busier. We have to have all the services put in first before we can have any more development.”

Fellow Burndell Road resident Andrew Titmuss, 65, said: “Some development is acceptable but a really large scheme is not on. That will get people’s backs up very strongly.

“There aren’t many fields they can use at the moment unless they enlarge the village in some way, which would be a shame.”

The day was the latest of the opinion-gathering exercises held by Yapton’s neighbourhood plan group.

Joint chairman Deborah Robinson said: “It’s fantastic to see so many people taking an interest in their community.

“People are beginning to realise what the plan means and how vulnerable to development we are.

“The neighbourhood plan will give us some sort of protection, especially against inappropriate development.”

The drop-in day gave details of the previous consultations in which 97.3 per cent of the 160 people who took part wanted Yapton to remain a village.

Yapton will be expected to take at least 100 homes up to 2029 under Arun District Council’s development plans,

Possible sites on show were: land south of Tack Lee Road (300 houses); Cinders Lane nursery (55 houses); land off Burndell Road (34 houses); land north of the village school (30 houses); land off Burndell Road (165 houses); and Ford Airfield (600-5,000 houses).

Andy Faulkner, the neighbourhood planning group’s joint chairman, said: “We are probably two-thirds of the way to finishing the plan. It’s going to be very difficult to find room for a minimum of 100 houses. All the sites are outside the development boundary of the village.”

The group will consider the views from Saturday and combine them with a planning consultant’s opinion to devise the plan.

It will be subject to a village poll, likely next spring.