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Pagham housing plans to be discussed again soon

PLANS for hundreds of homes in Pagham are set to be debated again by councillors later this month.


Arun District Council has arranged to hold a special meeting of its development control committee on January 23 to decide the large-scale outline proposals for land north of Hook Lane.


Committee members will be asked to decide if the scheme by Hallam Land Management should be approved.


They deferred the proposals at an earlier special meeting last November to enable an independent road safety audit on the accesses to the site in Hook Lane and Pagham Road.


The audit has been completed by highways consultants, Wilbar Associates. Its report says more work is needed about the details of the routes in and out of the intended development of up to 300 homes. But this can be carried out at a later stage when the detailed designs for the housing are created.


A potential care home with a maximum of 80 beds and a possible two-form entry primary school have also been included in the initial plans.


Wilbar Associates has told Arun: “The proposed junction access on to Pagham Road and Hook Lane as part of this development have been (the) subject of a stage on road safety audit in accordance with good practice for highway design.


“The proposed accesses and and the stage one road safety audit has been reviewed by the overseeing organisation, West Sussex County Council local highways authority, who have raised no objections to the development proposals subject to a number of planning conditions.


“However, having reviewed the documentation, there are a number of issues surrounding the road safety audit process. A formal brief was never strictly prepared and submitted for approval to the overseeing organisation.


“The details submitted to the road safety audit team were not entirely complete and did not appear to include the development proposals themselves, nor details on traffic movement.


“Nevertheless, with the subsequent reviews by the road safety audit team, and the checks undertaken by the county council local highways authority of the transport assessment, the designs submitted to the local planning authority (Arun) have no outstanding significant road safety risk which cannot be resolved as part of detailed design.”


A total of 631 letters of objection to the housing was received by Arun. Parish councils, such as Pagham, also protested.


One of the more recent protestors, Roz Faulkner, told Arun the development – as well as those expected in North Bersted – would create a host of difficulties.


“Just dumping a high level of housing in this way will ensure there are major problems to be resolved in the years ahead,” she said.

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