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Stop housing plans for coast, government is to be urged

A government  minister is set to be asked to scrap plans for thousands of homes around Pagham.


A letter will soon be sent to the appropriate minister by Arun District Council’s chief executive, Nigel Lynn, after its councillors said they had no confidence in its local plan land use blueprint.


This allocates three sites in Pagham and one around Barnham for large-scale housing developments.


Cllr David Huntley, who is a member of Pagham Parish Council, as well as Arun, told his fellow parish councillors he was pleased at the vote.


He said:


“Arun passed a vote of no confidence in the local plan which stipulates building 20,000 houses on the coastal flood plain.


“We don’t know what that means to all these planning applications. We have no right as a district council to abolish the local plan. We have to have permission from the government.


“We will be writing to the minister, saying ‘could you revise it please?


“It makes no sense to build 20,000 houses on the coastal flood plain.


“That’s where we are at the moment. I thought Arun’s vote was a result. Other people might think differently.”


The three sites in Pagham which Arun District Council has earmarked for hundreds of homes are Hook Lane, Summer Lane and Sefter Road.


The various schemes by the developers are moving through Arun’s planning system.


But they continue to face fierce criticism from residents who have strongly objected since they were revealed three years ago. Around Barnham, some 3,000 homes are planned. Another large scheme could be built at Chalcraft Lane in North Bersted.

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