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Lidsey homes are rejected

ALLOWING nearly 30 houses to be built at Lidsey would create an accident waiting to happen, councillors were told.


Objector Wendy Corney said the proposal would put the proposed properties on a dangerous section of the A29 Lidsey Road.


She said: “The A29 from Westergate to Bognor Regis is a very busy road and the proposed development would gain access to this road at a very dangerous position on double blind bends.


“The thought of 27 houses trying to access this road just fills me with total horror.


“The proposed development is not near any form of bus stop and the nearest train station is three or four miles away in Barnham.”


The intended location for the houses also lacked footpaths to mean all the potential occupiers would have to travel by car, she said.


Her comments were followed by a refusal of planning approval for the 27 properties by Arun District Council’s development control committee last Wednesday.


Chris Howard-Harris had applied for outline permission to demolish Bridge Cottage and The Old Cottage and replace them with up to 27 dwellings.


But the councillors said the scheme was premature while its plans for the major Barnham/Eastergate/Westergate (BEW) strategic site for 2,000 homes were still being worked on.


They listed four other reasons for refusal. These included the lack of a safe and convenient alternative form of transport to cars and a lack of regard to the existing trees and hedges of a moderate and high quality.


Cllr John Charles (C, Barnham) said: “Everything (planning officer) Michael Eastham has said in the five reasons for refusal is spot on and we should abide by them.”


Cllr Dawn Hall (C, Pagham) said: “They are dangerous bends and also fast bends, which makes them even more dangerous.”


Committee chairman, Cllr Ricky Bower (C, East Preston) said the risk of accidents at the bends was one of the reasons the council was seeking to re-align the A29 on to a new route.


“We have had issues with these double bends for decades. I concur with the planning officer that this is a planning application which is premature. The access should be going to the other side. The new road would be funded by the developers of the 2,000 homes.”


The proposed houses at Lidsey could be accessed from the new road, as an alternative to the double bends, but it was too soon to decide that, he said.


Mr Eastham told councillors: “The principle of residential development on the application site, which comprises part of the BEW strategic allocation, is acceptable.


“However, the site needs to be planned as an inherent part of the BEW strategic allocation.


“It is considered that the proposed development is premature in terms of the detailed masterplan and delivery of the BEW strategic allocation.”

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