‘Modest’ development in Fishbourne is given the go-ahead

A NEW housing development proposed for a site at Fishbourne – described by planning officers as ‘modest’ but strongly opposed by local parish councillors – was given the go-ahead by Chichester district planners.

The project involves the construction of a replacement house and four new houses on land in Fishourne Road West.

Fishbourne Parish Council said the scheme would create even worse overlooking for neighbouring residents.

It believed traffic provisions were inappropriate and potentially unsafe, and warned that a number of substantial and important trees would be removed.

But a report by planning officers presented at a meeting of the southern area development control committee pointed out that the district council had previously given permission for a significantly-larger development on this site, although this consent had now lapsed.

The development would not be out of character with the area, where large detached houses predominated, and it had a low density.

“The council has a shortfall in its five-year housing land supply, and small sites such as this are valuable in contributing to reducing this deficit,” the report added.

The application was submitted by Flavia Ltd.

Cllr Tricia Tull thought five properties on this site would be excessive - these were substantial houses.

“There will be real pressure on parking here – I think it is overdevelopment of the site,” she said.

But Cllr Graeme Barrett said he saw this as an improvement on what was previously submitted.