Traffic fears rising over 500-home plan by Chichester

Residents and councillors in Oving have ramped up their concerns about the potential traffic problems that could be caused if plans to build 500 homes at the eastern gateway to the city go ahead.

A presentation detailing the plans for the homes at Shopwyke Lakes was given to residents and councillors last Friday by John Thompson and Partners (JTP), the architects for plans. The presentation was held at Chichester District Council’s East Pallant Office.

“There is local outrage. I think these homes will most affect the access to Chichester,” said David Storey, of Church Lane, Oving.

“I don’t think the plans have been properly researched. We have got a big traffic problem in this area, especially at peak times. Sometimes it approaches gridlock.”

Oving Parish Council said it strongly objects to both the ‘enormous size and timing of the application’.

Marcus Adams of JTP, who are the urban designers and community planners on behalf of Hanbury Properties, said: “There was a site visit on March 16 and we had about 15 people attend that.

“There was lots of interest from councillors which has been really helpful to us. There was also a small group of members of the public.

“We explained in our presentation about two new footbridges, one going north over the A27 to Westhampnett and another pedestrian footbridge in the north west corner by the Portfield roundabout. We are also looking at the issues with Oving lights.”

He added: “The site is cut off by the A27. We are re-stitching it up. There is an idea to introduce a circular bus service that will go along Shopwyke Road.

“There are technical issues to be resolved but we have had lots of dialogue with the residents of Oving.”

Cyclist Sarah Sharp, who has been campaigning to get a 20mph speed limit in the city, said: “Bridges are a deterrent for cyclists carrying heavy shopping, not to mention people with push chairs, the elderly, and more generally people not in the prime of health.”