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Officers recommend Barnham/Eastergate/Westergate, Angmering & Westbank


As we already know Arun’s Local Plan Sub Committee meet on 28th November 2013 to agree and recommend strategic locations to Full Council. The agenda is now published.

See http://www.arun.gov.uk/mediaFiles/downloads/74482513/Local_Plan_Agenda_28_11_13.pdf

The following actions are recommended: 

1. That Local Plan Sub-Committee recommends that Full Council resolves to endorse that the  following locations are chosen to meet Arun’s housing supply shortfall. 

a)    Barnham/Eastergate/Westergate

b)    Angmering; and

c)    Westbank 

2. That Local Plan Sub-Committee recommends that Full Council resolves to endorse the rejection of the following locations/options to meet Arun’s housing supply shortfall. 

a)    Bognor Regis Eco Quarter (BREQ)/North West of Chalcraft Lane

b)    West of Westergate

c)     Ford

d)    Additions to the existing parish allocations 

3. That Local Plan Sub-Committee determines the housing numbers for each selected location to meet the residual housing requirement and recommends that Full Council resolves to confirm these numbers. The numbers being at least; 

Barnham/Eastergate/Westergate 2,060

Angmering; and 600

Westbank 1,000 

4. That Local Plan Sub Committee recommends that Full Council resolves to give weight in determining planning applications that are submitted to the council to the degree in which they would contribute to the delivery of strategic infrastructure to support the site specific allocations. 

5. That Local Plan Sub Committee recommends that Full Council delegates to the Assistant Director of Planning and Economic Regeneration authority to commission any further studies if options a, b and c are not chosen. These studies would be funded by the £100,000 approved by Full Council on 29th May 2013. 

The argument on housing numbers has been settled. Now the debate returns to the difficult task of agreeing strategic locations. If not village extensions, then where?

What plans do the action groups have to participate in and influence this debate?

At the time of writing there are hardly any visible signs of protest in the Barnham/Eastergate/Westergate area, with very few banners or posters on display, and Local Plan Sub-Committee councillors might be forgiven for assuming that a lack of visible protest indicates acceptance of their plans!

On the 28th November 2013 the Local Plan Sub-Committee will make arguably the most far reaching recommendation ever to impact on Barnham/Eastergate/Westergate, Angmering and the natural beauty of Westbank.

Attend or ignore – it’s your choice!

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  1. Helen
    April 25, 2014 at 10:25 pm

    My family are soon to move to Church Lane in Barnham, a conservation area. The draw to the house and area was the rural views, village feel and choice of good schools. I am concerned about the proposal of the ‘Three Village’ garden city development proposals. Can anyone tell me if this has actually been approved/confirmed, or likely to be? The view from my bedroom window will change from fields to houses if this goes ahead. Someone of this forum commented on the lack of visible protest from villagers; on moving to Barnham I will be happy to protest/attend meetings if this development is a real threat.

  2. November 17, 2013 at 7:55 pm

    … and don’t forget that OCR recommended 620 houses p.a. The housing figure will go higher when the Inspector gets involved.

    By expressing a preference for greenfield development at Angmering, Barnham, Eastergate, and Westergate the council has left the largest brownfield site in West Sussex, Ford Airfield, available for additional housing.

    By leaving a disused airfield available, will that make it more or less likely that Arun is required to make provision for additional housing on behalf of Worthing, London and the South Downs National Park?

  3. John Penfold
    November 17, 2013 at 7:21 pm

    That 1000 at the West Bank will end up here after the EA and developers find they can’t overcome the flooding issues.
    That will make 3000 at BEW ,plus all the other large developments that ADC want to see in the Five Villages to maximise the Infrastructure Levy to pay for the A29 by pass.
    That will make a total of 4000,what happened to the Eco Town idea at Ford ?
    I thought Arun didn’t want that ! They are happy to see it in BEW now !
    John Penfold
    Aldingbourne

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