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Felpham plan views invited

Protecting Felpham from flooding and supporting public toilets are two objectives in a vision for the future.


Residents have the chance to have their say about the document which will help to protect the area. Felpham Parish Council has completed a comprehensive review of its original 2014 neighbourhood plan.


The new plan is in its final stages. Comments are invited until November 7 to Arun District Council about its statement of the area’s future.


A parish council spokesman said:


“The resulting revised neighbourhood plan sets out a vision for the area that reflects the thoughts and feelings of local people with an interest in their community.


“The plan sets objectives on key identified themes such as transport, getting around, business, tourism, community, leisure and wellbeing, the environment, landscape features and design quality of physical structures.”


For surface water management, the plan states:


“New development within areas at risk from flooding will not be permitted unless it is supported by a site-specific flood risk assessment which provides clear evidence to demonstrate that the proposal:


a) would not give rise to additional risk of flooding, either to the development site or to other land, arising from the carrying out or use of the development.


b) would provide appropriate provision for accommodating the surface water and foul water arising from the development.”


Another of the plan’s policies says proposals to maintain all-year round toilets at Culver Road/Blakes Road will be backed. It states:


“Felpham is a tourist destination but also has an ageing population. Good quality public toilets are important to tourism.


“Closure of the seafront toilets at Culver Road/Blakes Road would reduce the number of people visiting the beach, with the subsequent knock-on effect to reduce visitors using other facilities, such as restaurants. Older residents frequently complain about the closure of public toilets which is happening across the district.”


The plan will last until 2031 and has to be backed by a planning inspector and then a referendum early next year to take effect.


The parish council wanted residents to share their updated views about what should happen rather than leave it others, the spokesman said.


He added it was fundamental to how Felpham evolved and ‘must be fully considered during any proposed development project or scheme’.

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