Bosham allotment group in fresh plea for land

THE dream to have a community allotment area in Bosham is fading after a planning application for a chosen site was refused.

The Bosham Allotment Group (BAG) is, though, still hoping to continue in its quest, and is appealing to any landowners in the area able to help to get in touch.

The group was hopeful an application to change the use of a disused field, just north of Bosham train station, would be accepted by Chichester District Council.

But a high number of objections from nearby residents, and fears about road safety, scuppered the plans.

The demand for allotment space is clear to see, with 30 on a list, for what would have been 25 spaces at the site east of Ratham Lane.

Karen Ongley-Snook is head of the BAG which has been fighting the cause for a community gardening space.

“We could appeal, but I don’t quite see the point because we have got so much opposition,” she said.

“I’m really sad this may be dead in the water.

“If there is more land available we would be very interested.

“We are all aware of the shared land scheme in Newells Lane, but people would have to drive to that, and people don’t want to have to drive.”

Landowner Derek Hill put in the application for a change of use of the land, which hasn’t been used for more than 30 years, after he was approached by Bosham Parish Council.

The council began the search for suitable land, after being petitioned by residents who invoked the council’s legal requirement to do so by gaining a certain number of signatures in favour of their cause.

If you are able to help, call Mrs Ongley Snook on 07989074641.