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New settlement versus village extensions

New settlements offer many advantages over village extensions.

New settlements can be carefully planned from their inception – enabling planners to introduce current best practice techniques in addressing housing, open space, leisure, recreation, employment, energy, transport and environmental issues.

They help to protect the existing urban built environment by reducing the need for “town cramming” or “infill development”. They offer an opportunity to build family homes rather than flats. Affordable housing deficits can be addressed in a substantial, rather than piecemeal manner.

A new settlement, utilising brownfield land, would reduce the pressure on greenfield locations elsewhere in the district. 

The main objective with village extensions is that they utilise and therefore increase pressure on existing infrastructure like health facilities, schools, roads, sewage etc. New settlements, on the other hand, provide their own infrastructure – placing much less burden on existing infrastructure, effectively spreading the pressure.

For instance, the existing sewage network across the district already struggles to cope. A new settlement at Ford would utilise the adjacent sewage works, placing no additional pressure on the existing sewage network.

Onsite energy production becomes more viable with larger settlements. Combined heat and power becomes possible – thereby reducing pressure on existing infrastructure.

Road layouts in a new settlement do not evolve over years – they are carefully planned from the outset. For instance, a new link road from the A259, bridging the railway line at Ford, to the proposed Arundel Bypass (pink/blue route) would provide Bognor Regis with improved access to/from the A27.

By providing a new and additional route to/from Bognor Regis traffic would be “fanned out” over three routes to/from the A27 rather than two – effectively spreading traffic and thereby reducing congestion on existing roads. By contrast, proposals to focus large-scale development around the A29 would simply add pressure to the existing infrastructure.

A new settlement can offer infrastructure contributions on a far greater scale than a number of smaller developments peppered across the district. How many houses at Ford would it take to fund an Arundel Bypass in full? Shouldn’t our democratically elected representatives find out?

We should ask – if the urban/village extensions of the last 60 years have been so successful that we would want to repeat them – then why is the local economy of Arun in such a poor condition?

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