More A27 concern over Shopwyke

JPOS Shopwhyke Lakes area site ENGSNL00120110607100035
JPOS Shopwhyke Lakes area site ENGSNL00120110607100035

A NEW road proposed off the A27 has been labelled ‘inadequate’ by a parish council.

As part of the 500-home Shopwyke Lakes development, a north-to-south spine road is proposed off the A27 Arundel Road down to the B2144 Shopwhyke Road.

The Oving crossroads stands to be closed as part of the development, with Oving Parish Council believing 
the spine road would become a ‘rat run’.

It has a planning application currently with the district council that would see the lights retained.

The council said the ‘narrow carriageways’ of the proposed roads would not cope with the volumes of traffic that would use it.

“It may be adequate for the 1,000 or so residents’ vehicle movements per day expected to use it from the new Shopwyke Lakes housing development, but is inadequate to handle the currently nearly 7,000 additional vehicle movements expected per day from a wide catchment area if the Oving crossroads are permanently,” said the parish council 
in its response to the 
district council.

Oving believes cars travelling from Bognor Regis use the crossroads as an alternative to the Bognor roundabout.

If the road went ahead, the parish believes drivers would use it as a shortcut and has also asked what steps were being taken to address further housing proposals in Westhampnett and Tangmere.

“There are proposals for the development of the former MOD site on the A259 Bognor Road, expansion of the existing Chichester foodpark, mineral extraction from the Brick Kiln farm site and traffic from the Bognor relief road,” it said.

“It is our view that it is no longer appropriate to consider these on a case-by-case basis as it seems to have done in the past.”

The matter was due to be discussed at a Chichester District Council planning committee meeting after the Observer went to press.

The outline application for Shopwyke Lakes already has planning permission and includes the A27 access. This latest application relates specifically to the design of the spine road.

The Highways Agency raised no objection to the road, adding West Sussex County Council would make sure the route was built to an appropriate standard, with it being described as a ‘key part of the local network’.

Planners have recommended the scheme be permitted. See next week’s Observer for a full report.