Eco pods in Nutbourne would threaten landscape say residents

THERE are fears a scheme for a series of ‘eco pods’ for tourists in Nutbourne will spoil the rural landscape.

The owners of Brookside Fruit Farm in School Lane have submitted plans to Chichester District Council to provide three eco pods and bases for two caravan pitches.

Each one would measure 2.8 metres wide, by 4.8 metres in length and 2.6 metres in height and each pod would be set under the canopy of the existing copse.

As part of the scheme there would be a building to house communal facilities such as a laundry, shower, toilet and kitchen.

But residents say the plans are unnecessary. They feel the area is already well-served by caravan sites and that it would ‘unbalance the rural community’.

They also say the facilities block was too big for a small site and fear future expansion of the site and there are concerns over traffic safety as extra vehicles would be entering the site,

People said this area was the only gap between Southbourne and Nutbourne and should not be closed up and would result in the increasing urbanisation of the area.

So far around 15 letters of objection have been received by the council.

Chichester Harbour Conservancy’s planning committee said there had been no justification or explanation for the buildings and proposed use.

It said the scheme would introduce new buildings into a rural part of the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty area without proper justification and has officially objected on the grounds it would harm the rural character of this part of the AONB.

Plans submitted said the scheme was much smaller in size and scale than many similar tourism sites allowed in the AONB and that the siting of the pods was designed to work with the natural landscape.

As a whole, the applicants said the plan would not create any adverse affects and would have a positive impact on shops and services in the area.