RESIDENTS have joined forces against a ‘flood of planning applications’ for building developments in Hambrook.
More than 150 people packed in to St Wilfrid’s Church, Hambrook last Tuesday to discuss the sites earmarked for development.
“We are in a war to get back our right to say how we live our lives,” said Nigel Else, chairman of the Hambrook and District Residents’ Association.
“The big question is why, in the face of solid resident’s objections, does every development application get approval even if it has to go to via government inspector appeal?
“Our lifestyle is under threat but we owe it ourselves to try and protect the lifestyle of those to come.
“The opposition to unacceptable building development must be vigorously maintained. Every single opportunity to ram home just how appalled we are at the way we are treated must be taken.”
He also urged residents to support the neighbourhood plan.
The residents’ association agreed to continue to object to the development applications and circulate flyers to all houses to tell residents what was happening.
Cliff Archer from Chidham and Hambrook Parish Council spoke at the meeting and residents also heard from district councillor Myles Cullen, UKIP county councillor Sandra James and Andy Collins from the neighbourhood plan committee.
The speakers recognised development was ‘required’ in the area but specified the criteria for development – such as sustainability and prioritising brown field sites.
Residents also resolved to contact MP Andrew Tyrie for support.