Safety fears fail to stop new houses

FOUR new houses along the A29 in Westergate would cause an unacceptable increase in traffic on the road, councillors were told.

Aldingbourne Parish Council chairman Marianne West said the traffic generated by the scheme for land next to Sunnyside on Westergate Street made it an unsuitable development.

“The dwellings will encourage at least two cars a household and be an unacceptable amount of traffic on to the A29 at a very dangerous junction with a blind bend, particularly if you are coming from the west,” she told Arun District Council’s development control committee last week.

Two letters of objection to the scheme were also received by the council.

The committee’s members, however, voted unanimously to approve the scheme from Wilson House Ltd.

The planning permission is for four four-bedroom detached houses to go ahead.

Arun planning officer Daniel Vick said the houses would be reached along an existing access road built for four new houses and eight new flats on neighbouring land.

Highways officers had not raised any safety concerns about the additional vehicles from the latest proposed housing. Committee member Colin Oliver-Redgate (Ferring) said: “This is the kind of wasteland that needs to be developed. It’s an eyesore.”