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Safety fears over new homes

FEARS for the safety of children in Rose Green could not stop new homes being approved.


Councillors warned the already dangerous motoring conditions around the site of housing in Carlton Avenue would be worsened by the properties.


But Arun District Council development control committee agreed by a large majority to back the outline application for eight properties in principle behind numbers 34, 36, 38, 40 and 44.


Committee member Cllr Dawn Hall (C, Pagham) said: “I am disappointed that West Sussex County Council highways have no objections. This is extremely close to (Rose Green Junior) School.


“The parking around school times in that area is absolutely atrocious. I have had representations from residents where they have been terrified because they have almost run over a child.


“I know it is not a planning reason to refuse and that we have not got the backing of county highways.


“I am always speaking to them about the difficulties around this area because of the school and the parking of people dropping off their children and collecting them.


“Already, they park quite a few streets away and then walk the difference. To add more houses, I just find disappointing.”


Cllr Elaine Stainton (C, Felpham W) said: “I am absolutely horrified by this. My grandchildren go to the Rose Green school and it’s absolutely horrendous around there. People are parking everywhere. Residents can’t get out of their drives because of the cars.


“It’s so dangerous and you see them parking on grass verges. It just can’t take more traffic there. It’s a nightmare.”


Cllr Jacky Pendleton (C, Bersted) said: “Carlton Avenue is a very narrow road and to have this number of houses and the vehicles turning in and out I would have thought is a safety hazard.”


Aldwick Parish Council chairman, Cllr Lilian Richardson, also spoke about its members’ concerns over the potential impact of the planned housing on road safety conditions.


But council planning officer Dan Vick told Wednesday’s meeting the developer, Counterpoint Properties, would have to pay for double yellow lines around the junction to the properties, between 34 and 36 Carlton Avenue, to ensure no parking could take place at any time.


He said: “The application has been comprehensively assessed by West Sussex highways who have raised no objections to the principle of the access and in respect of the safety of its use.”


Counterpoint Properties had shown large vehicles like refuse lorries and fire engines could easily use the access, he added.


The approval will be followed by detailed plans for the new properties. They are likely to be a mix of bungalows, chalet bungalows and 1.5-2 storey houses on near half a hectare site.


Two earlier plans, in 2013 and 2014, were both refused by Arun. The initial proposals were also rejected by a government planning inspector.

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