‘Unacceptable’ Birdham homes bid leads to tree fears

C130749-1 Chi Carol Trees  phot kate'Carol Pateny, very worried about the trees and hedges behind her house being cut down to make way for the new developoment.Picture by Kate Shemilt.C130749-1
C130749-1 Chi Carol Trees phot kate'Carol Pateny, very worried about the trees and hedges behind her house being cut down to make way for the new developoment.Picture by Kate Shemilt.C130749-1
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PLANS to build 27 new homes have been met with fury by a woman who lives next door to the development.

The application for Rowan Nurseries, Birdham, was discussed at a packed area development management committee meeting last Wednesday.

It was deferred after Chichester district councillors showed concern over sewage leaks in neighbouring Pipers Mead.

However, the sewage system is just one issue on a long list of problems for Carol Panteny.

Her house backs on to the proposed site and she has concerns the development will impact the security of her property.

“Why is the developer being allowed to propose to build four affordable homes including flats on the footprint of Pipers Mead?” she said.

“This is dense, excessive, unacceptable and not in keeping with its neighbour.

“The developer is also proposing eight car parking spaces to the side of these flats which will cause noise and disturbance with the extra traffic.”

She also fears for the future of trees, which, despite being under a tree protection order, are ‘at risk of being damaged or removed’.

“When we bought the house we asked if we could put up fences and they said no because of the trees,” she said. “The trees are going to be the only thing between us and the new housing, with no screening. Our properties will be left exposed. Before it was fine – there was nothing to overlook us.

“We don’t want to lose the trees, we’ve been looking after them – and the ditches – since we moved in.We cannot flush toilets and sewage has leaked into ditches. It’s awful.”

“I know it will go through, but I know we all want answers. We have to fight unwanted applications.”

The online application has been inundated with objection letters and Birdham villagers tried valiantly to fight their cause at the planning meeting.

Speaking at last week’s meeting, Martin Barker, agent for the applicant, said: “Birdham is a sustainable location and the development will provide much-needed homes in the district.”