Southbourne village braced for more housing

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A FRESH plan to build another 55 homes in Southbourne ‘flies in the face of the parish’s neighbourhood plan’.

An outline planning application was submitted to Chichester District Council last week to construct up to 55 new houses at the Four Acre Nursery on Cooks Lane.

Responding to the new application, Southbourne parish councillor Jonathan Brown said: “The parish council’s planning committee has not yet met to consider this application and so can’t as yet express an opinion on it.

“When we do meet, we will of course look at the application on its own merits.

“Even so, it won’t have escaped anyone’s notice that it flies in the face of the parish’s neighbourhood plan, contradicting several of its key principals.

“The plan is at a very advanced stage and we will of course refer to it when we come to settling upon a view.”

The outline planning application to turn the 1.4-hectare site, a former nursery, was submitted by housing developer Pegasus Ltd on February 17.

The village has been engulfed by new housing over the past few years and district planners are currently considering outline permission from Rydon Homes for up to 150 
new homes on land to the north and west of the site.

Chichester District Council’s draft local plan, which sets out future housing requirements for the district over the next 15 years, includes provision for 300 new homes in Southbourne village.