PROPOSALS to protect a village from unsuitable development have been welcomed by residents.
The final public consulation about the Aldingbourne neighbourhood plan produced a warm response from those who took part.
The plan sets out how the parish can accommodate the 30 new homes it has to absorb in the next 15 years, its businesses can thrive and its open spaces can survive.
Its policies can also determine the details of the thousands of homes which Arun District Council is proposing to allow to be built in the area but it cannot stop the housing going ahead.
Westergate Street resident Rosny Richardson, 70, said: “They have done a marvellous job with this plan. We have responded to the previous consultations.
“We agree with a manageable number of houses being built but the whole area will be damaged by a large number.”
Frank Goldsmith, 73, of Lime Avenue, said: “We were pleased to see the responses to the earlier consultations.
“We took part in those. We now know other people are thinking the same as us. We are happy with the plan generally.”
The consultation took place last Wednesday at Westergate Methodist Church. The responses must be submitted by March 14 and will be considered by the Aldingbourne neighbourhood plan team.
Its final version of the plan will go to Arun District Council to be assessed against its planning policies before a planning inspector considers it.
After that, the plan will be subject to a public referendum early this summer. If approved, it will take effect as a legal document against which planning applications for the area will be judged.
The plan includes allocating the former Wings Nursery south of the Woodgate level crossing for the 30 homes, surface water management schemes, protecting trees and hedgerows and the need for the high-quality design of new housing among its ideas
One of the plan’s team members, Louise Beaton, said: “We are quite a large rural parish. We have tried to protect areas as open space and green space people in the parish have said are important.
“We can’t stop the strategic development of thousands of houses but the developers would have comply with the policies our plan has set out for elswhere in the parish.”