BREAKING NEWS: Council lose 50-home Bracklesham appeal

The land north of Beech Avenue, Bracklesham Bay
The land north of Beech Avenue, Bracklesham Bay

A DEVELOPER has been granted permission to build 50 homes in Bracklesham after a planning appeal.

This will come as a blow to residents who campaigned against the proposals, claiming the site was unsustainable.

Wates Development lodged an appeal against the decision of Chichester District Council, which refused the application for the development off of Beech Avenue.

The planning inspector Paul Dobsen rejected the council’s claim the site was unsustainable and that the site would be part of a larger development.

“I have little doubt that the appeal site is in a sustainable location,” he said.

He said Bracklesham and the neighbouring village East Wittering ‘both form part of the same built up area, which in terms of its physical extent and population size is equivalent to a small town’.

“On the positive side, it would in particular create a significant amount of well-designed new housing in a current situation of housing shortfall, including 20 much-needed affordable dwellings,” he said.

He added a condition that building must begin within the next two years, to make up for the housing shortfall in the district.

The application for costs by Wates Developments was refused.