Villagers let their views on 100 extra homes be known

VILLAGERS in Yapton are having their say on plans which could see 100 extra homes built in the area.

As the deadline closed last Sunday Arun District Council received more than 140 representations to the planning application which could see the homes built on land to the south of Ford Lane and the east of North End Road.

Landowner Keith Langmead is seeking outline planning permission for the 4.5 hectare site, which would be made up of the homes, 30 per cent of which would be affordable, as well as land set aside for public open space and landscaping.

But many residents have spoken against the application.

Concerns the village’s infrastructure would not be able to cope with the extra homes, flooding worries and fears over the safety of the village’s railway crossing were all raised.

A North End Road resident wrote: “The proposed planning would only have adverse effects on the life and stability of the village.

“We strongly object to this proposal as it is also contrary to the Yapton Neighbourhood Plan that has been submitted for review and is at the public stage.”

A St Mary’s Meadow resident said: “The plan is not part of the village plan and would do nothing to enhance the character of the village.

“It still develops prime agricultural land and poses safety issues for traffic along North End Road and Ford Lane. Being near to the school and railway crossing also aggravates issues that are already unacceptable.

A Giles Close resident also had concerns: “I object to the building of houses on this land for a number of reasons - the volume of traffic through the village – building on prime agricultural land – the pressure it will put on our doctors and schools are just a few of them.”

Meanwhile a Church Lane resident wrote: “I am fond of Yapton as it was and is but this totally inappropriate unnecessary development will destroy its character and cause absolute chaos on surrounding roads and danger to schoolchildren and pedestrians due to the close proximately to my former primary school.”

Earlier this month Yapton Parish Council called a special meeting of its planning committee to discuss the application.

A straw poll at the gathering saw villagers vote overwhelmingly against the plans. The committee also made its objections to the application.

The application, received in June, has to be decided by September 26.