WORRIED residents fear the last grassed field in Bersted could soon be covered in concrete.
The neighbours in New Barn Lane fear the rural site opposite their North Bersted homes is set to be developed.
Scores of them have reacted to the sight of intensive surveying of the land. It has been mainly used for sheep grazing for decades.
Herbert Griffin, 74, has lived in New Barn Lane for 27 years. He said: “This is the last grassed field in Bersted. There is a lot of wildlife there and it is a piece of the country on the edge of the town.
“We get a lot of people coming along here just to look at the field and the sheep. It will be a shame to lose all that and a loss for the whole community. It’s very important to keep these sites for future generations.”
The first sign of possible development on the land has come with the appearance of building professionals.
Alan Benson, who has alerted scores of residents to the situation, said hydrological surveys, ground bore holes and traffic surveys had been carried out. It had been hard to find out details of what was being proposed.
But he had been told an initial meeting had been held by the possible developer with Arun District Council about new housing.
“It’s going to completely ruin the local environment if the housing happens,” said Mr Benson, 63, who has lived in New Barn Lane for eight years.
“Everyone is quite surprised and horrified this could become housing.
“We have a lot of concerns about that - flooding, traffic and harm to the environment - among them.
“We want to make our feelings known.”
Another resident of eight years, John Field, 78, said: “Having housing here does not bear thinking about.
“Why should we give up our green space for somebody to build a lot of housing we don’t want around here?”
Fellow resident Eve Sharrayy said she believed any development would be against the neighbourhood plan for Bersted which residents backed last year.
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