CONCERNED Hambrook residents gathered to voice their objections to the latest proposed 120-home development in the village.
Tuesday’s public meeting was hosted by Chidham and Hambrook Parish Council, and chairman Cliff Archer outlined Sunley Estates Ltd’s recently-submitted planning application on land east of Broad Road.
A number of concerns were raised by local residents and parish councillors who packed out St Wilfred’s Hall, centring around infrastructure, sustainability, the environmental impact and the sheer scale of the proposal.
One local resident said: “It’s the people of this village that give it heart but Hambrook is changing, it’s changing for the worst.”
Andy Collins, parish council vice chairman, added: “We opposed the last three housing applications and they were all approved and this is potentially a fourth and it’s my view that we have enough houses and don’t want anymore.”
Planning permission for 78 new homes in the parish have been granted this year, a further 26 houses are subject to an ongoing appeal while applications for a further 153 homes – including this latest development – are in progress.
The Chichester local plan, which is waiting government approval, allocates 25 homes for the parish up to 2029.
Sunley Homes’ plans to include sports facilities, tennis courts, a football pitch and cricket nets drew support from a small number who attended.
Although Mr Archer said the parish council was yet to give its official response, he added: “The parish council adopt the general stance of objection to all applications for housing development, regardless of whether they are on greenfield sites or not.”
Sandra James, county and parish councillor, raised a number of concerns, including over drainage, the increased capacity on roads and on Chidham School, which she said was already full.
n See her letter on page 46 of this week’s Chichester Observer