YESTERDAY’s decision by Arun District Council completes the approvals of the proposals for its three strategic housing sites in Pagham.
The applications are for a maximum of 980 homes to be built before the council’s local plan period of 2031.
The first of the proposals to be approved by councillors were Hanbury (PM)’s for up 400 dwellings on land south of Summer Lane on October 24.
Next, on November 15, came a scheme by Taylor Wimpey for a potential 280 homes north of Sefter Road.
Both were approved by the council’s development control committee by just two votes in front of packed public galleries at the Arun Civic Centre.
The first meeting became so heated it was unexpectedly suspended by its chairman.
The sites were included in Arun’s local plan land use blueprint when that was approved last summer after it had been subjected to a public inquiry in autumn 2017.
The local plan sets a target of 1,000 homes a year to be built on average between 2011-2031 if Arun is to keep up with the government’s calls for more new homes.
The Pagham schemes have prompted a fierce reaction from the area’s residents and led to the creation of the Pagham and Aldwick Greenfields Movement (Pagam) pressure group.
It has held several packed public meetings and well-attended events to focus opposition to the housing.