Fresh housing bid for Southbourne


A DEVELOPER is preparing to launch fresh plans to potentially build more than 150 new homes in Southbourne.

Seaward Properties will soon resubmit a new planning application for the five-and-a-half hectare site on land north of Main Road and Loveders Caravan Park.

Three previous applications were launched in tandem by Seaward in April of this year to collectively build more than 200 houses in the village.

The plans were to build 112 homes on land south of Cooks Lane, 127 homes north of the A259 main road, as well as 30 homes at Loveders Camping and Caravan Site.

All three applications were withdrawn after coming under fire from Southbourne Parish Council and local residents, but Seward is now preparing to launch a fresh bid for up to 157 homes, ‘following recommendations from feedback received during their public consultation and previous planning applications’, a statement said.

Southbourne Parish Council has stressed it is not against development on the proposed site, which is allocated for potential housing in its neighbourhood plan which is currently being finalised.

On the latest plans, Cllr Jonathan Brown said: “I’ve no doubt we will want to comment, and the neighbourhood plan identifies this site as suitable for development, but as Seaward Properties have only just submitted this application, we will have to study it very closely before we can do so.”

In a statement, Seaward Properties said it felt its proposals would provide valuable affordable housing in the area.

Steve Culpitt, land and planning director at Seaward Properties, said: “We are excited at the prospect of moving forward our proposals, which not only include much-needed new homes, but also the chance to continue Southbourne Parish Council’s proposed ‘Green Ring’ through the village.

“We have listened to local residents, parish steering groups and their advisers. Their influence has helped deliver a master plan that accords with the aspirations of the neighbourhood plan.”

The site also accords to Chichester District Council’s draft local plan, which sets out future housing requirements for the district over the next 15 years and includes provision for 300 new homes in Southbourne.

If the planning application is accepted, it would see the land transformed with up to 157 new homes, ranging from one-bedroom apartments to four-bedroom houses, while an element of the site would be specifically designated for affordable housing.