CONCERN for Chichester Harbour has caused 26 homes to be denied planning permission.
Chichester District Council had already blocked the proposals by Mr M Bailey for Pottery Field, just west of Pottery Lane, in Nutbourne.
Planning inspector Michael Hetherington said replacing an ‘open arable field’ with residential development would amount to a ‘major change in its character’.
He added the harm caused to the setting of the area of outstanding natural beauty would represent a ‘clear and substantial conflict’ with existing planning regulations.
“Furthermore, in views from the A259, the proximity of such development to the open countryside of the AONB would be easily seen,” he said.
“Bearing in mind the importance of retaining the AONB’s rural and natural character in line with the requirements of the Chichester Harbour AONB Management Plan 2009-2014, the resulting effect would harm the AONB’s setting.
“This harm would be amplified by the scheme’s visibility from within the AONB itself.”
The council had also argued that the site would act as a ‘precursor’ to more development, however Mr Hetherington said there was nothing to support this and he attached no weight to that argument.