Residents tell developers ‘no more homes in Selsey’

Just some of the Selsey residents who turned up to an appeal hearing to object against 50 new homes in the town
Just some of the Selsey residents who turned up to an appeal hearing to object against 50 new homes in the town
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PLANS for new homes in Selsey were met with hostility by residents on Monday.

Pye Homes held an open day for its plans to develop land north of Drift Road into a site with either 85 or 
100 homes.

The developers wanted feedback from residents to see whether they would rather have a 100-unit site, or an 85-unit site with a sports field.

But most residents didn’t want any new homes at all.

William Beckett, of Manor Road, said it was an ‘awful idea’ and ‘total over-development for this area’.

“There are not enough schools, there are not enough roads. It needs to be brownfield sites in Chichester,” said Debbie Heath, who lives on St Itha Road.

She works in an office opposite the proposed site and also raised concerns about sewage, saying when it rains heavily, the pipes overflow and ‘the fumes of sewage come up into the office’.

And Debbie wasn’t the only person with concerns.

Bob Hughes, who has lived on Gainsborough Drive for seven years said he has had sewage flood his garden 17 times since living in the property.

He believes more development will only worsen his situation, as even though Pye Homes is paying to improve the drainage from the site, ‘it’s all going to the same station and the station cannot cope’.

Clive Onions, civil engineer for the developers, said it is paying to improve the drainage system, but added although it ‘won’t make the problem worse’, it won’t make it any better either.

Graham Flint, from Pye Homes, said: “Chichester District Council has decided Selsey can take up to 150 houses and we are giving people the chance to work with us and tell us what will work better for you.”

Linda Brown, from Park Lane, expressed concerns about the state of the road from Chichester to Selsey.

“Even if they were to build a school or medical centre, there are still the roads,” she said.

David Bliss, who lives opposite the proposed site, said there are issues with traffic and parking in the area as it is.

“A sports facility might only exacerbate the problem,” he said.

Debate

Mr Flint said the plans were open to discussion, and if residents would prefer to have another amenity instead of a sports field, then the firm would like to hear feedback.

When he asked one resident what provisions she would like to see in the town, she replied ‘green fields’.

The homes, whether there are 85 or 100, will consist of 40 per cent affordable homes, matching the district’s criteria.

Part of the proposed land is leased by Selsey Town Council, which had previously submitted planning applications for a new pavilion and sports pitches.

“These facilities are expensive to bring forward but if new housing were to be considered by the community on part or all of the plans, it would unlock the delivery of these much needed new pitches as well as providing new and affordable homes,” said Mr Flint.

Several residents said they thought if the application goes through, it will leave the town open to more and more developments, as they would be permitted for the same reasons.

This comes just weeks before an appeal against the refusal of 50 homes on Park Farm, off Park Lane.

The original hearing was postponed and changed into an inquiry after hundreds of residents filled County Hall to protest against the appeal.

The inquiry will be held at the Selsey Centre from Tuesday, April 16.

At the time, Richard Bramell, who lives at Church Norton, said: “It’s 50 houses this week and next it will be 5,000. It’s just the beginning.”

Pye Homes said around 150 people attended its open day at the Selsey Centre on Monday afternoon.

Plans can be viewed and comments can be made on their website at www.driftroadselsey.co.uk