A GROUP of parish councils has come together to fight developers’ plans to build 500 homes in East Wittering and Bracklesham.
Chichester District Council’s Local Plan allocates 100 homes for the parish in the next 15 years.
However, Wates Developments wants to increase that number to 500.
The group of parishes fighting the move include East Wittering and Bracklesham, West Wittering, Earnley, Birdham, Donnington and West Itchenor as well as Apuldram Parish Meeting.
The seven parishes covering the whole of the western Manhood Peninsula joined together to help support the council’s local plan, which is due to be examined by a government-appointed planning inspector at a public hearing.
The hearing will review the whole of the district, with the Manhood Peninsula set to be considered on November 6, at the council’s offices at East Pallant House Chichester.
The public are welcome to attend.
The local plan allocated 100 homes for Bracklesham and East Wittering, 67 of which have already received planning permission.
However, Wates submitted a formal representation to the local plan inspector to increase this figure to 500.
The group, which calls itself the Consortium of Western Manhood Parishes, will submit evidence, which it believes shows 500 new homes would not represent sustainable development.
It cites severe traffic problems on the peninsula and the lack of employment opportunities.
Local resident, Martin Bowles, said he fully supported the work of the consortium and he was ‘appalled’ at the proposal for further large-scale development in Bracklesham and East Wittering.
A spokesman for the consortium said the objective was to ensure development on the peninsula was well integrated within the local environment and was sustainable and consistent with local facilities and employment opportunities.
He also urged residents to come to the local plan meeting on November 6.