Residents pack event about North Bersted plans

Don' t build on our sheep field - Campaign spoksman Alan Benson (left) with fellow local demonstrators LA1500137-1
Don' t build on our sheep field - Campaign spoksman Alan Benson (left) with fellow local demonstrators LA1500137-1

CONCERNED residents packed a meeting this week to voice their fears about more homes in North Bersted.

Some 90-plus people filled Jubilee Parish Hall on Tuesday as the developer of a scheme for up to 90 homes put its initial plans on display.

The exhibition was followed by a question and answer session about the proposal for a 3.72ha field to the west of New Barn Lane.

Among those who filled the hall was Wendy Hinge, 71, of Winston Crescent. She has lived there for 16 years and said: “North Bersted has had enough of development. We are over-developed in my view.

“We’ve now got our neighbourhood plan, which is supposed to stop ad hoc development. This scheme is ad hoc development.

“If this land is built on, it will change the whole atmosphere of the area. We will go from being on the edge of the built up area to being hemmed in.”

Shirley-Rosemary Huff, 79, a resident of Winston Crescent for 27 years, said: “The roads around here are quite narrow. It’s a nightmare trying to get out on to the main road because people park so close to it. It’s an accident waiting to happen.”

John Field, 79, of New Barn Lane, lives opposite the proposed development site. “Trying to get into the access will be quite bad. The roads are not very wide as it is now. It’s difficult for emergency vehicles to get down them.

“The housing is also going to be built on a flood plain. That field floods quite badly in winter,” he said.

Interest in the exhibition was so great people began arriving 15 minutes before it opened. It was staged by John Thompson & Partners for Landform Estates.

Architect Graham Phillips, of JTP, said: “It is good to see so many people here. We would rather that than nobody turn up.”

The proposed site was close to amenities, such as schools, for its potential occupier.

“We prefer to develop in locations like this rather than in rural locations where those facilities may not exist. But it is almost impossible to find a perfect location for new housing. There are always people who will object,” he said.

A planning application for the housing should be put in soon. It will be in outline form but with details on the proposed access in the site’s south-east corner.

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