by Kevin Smith
Villagers are aiming to take control of hundreds of new homes in Ford.
They have formed the largest community land trust in Sussex which is set to take control of 450 affordable homes planned in a large-scale development on part of the airfield.
Trevor Ford, the trust’s chairman, said: “The people of Ford wanted to ensure other local people had priority in the affordable housing followed by those in Climping, Yapton and Arundel.
“There is a huge need in the Arun district for social housing.”
Mr Ford, who also chairs Ford Parish Council, said the scheme for 1,500 homes overall was largely welcomed in the area.
“It was obvious to us as a parish council that the site, as an abandoned airfield – was going to be developed,” he said.
“We wanted the people of the parish to work with the landowner and the developer to come up with a scheme we feel is the best possible one.
“What we really want is a heart of the village. These plans are a good start and we need to make sure the detailed plans meet the aims of our neighbourhood plan, which was backed by 70 per cent of our residents in a referendum.”
The proposals – which will also include funding for improvements at road sites such as Comet Corner on the A259 in Middleton – have gone on show in Ford. They were viewed by hundreds of residents.