VIDEO: ‘They can’t shut us up’, say angry residents

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ANGRY Southbourne residents have said they can’t be silenced in their battle to protect a quiet village road from an 
‘urban pod’ of houses.

Breach Avenue residents have said a proposed new development of up to 34 houses in the green space at the end of their road, could kill ‘thousands’ of wildlife species.

C140938-1 Chi Southbourne Housing  phot kate''Residents concerned about the proposed house building on the site at the end of Breach Avenue in Southbourne.Picture by Kate Shemilt.C140938-1 SUS-140710-084643001

C140938-1 Chi Southbourne Housing phot kate''Residents concerned about the proposed house building on the site at the end of Breach Avenue in Southbourne.Picture by Kate Shemilt.C140938-1 SUS-140710-084643001

Christine Hoare has lived in road for nearly 40 years and she said the amount of wildlife there was ‘phenomenal’. She said she had seen deer, pheasants, hedge hogs, foxes, voles, moles, nightingales, butterflies and many other species.

Day Haskell said she was upset the only access route would be via their road.

Referring to developers, she said: “They have to listen to us. We’re not going to shut up.”

John Auric, another resident who attends parish council meetings, described the proposed development as an ‘urban pod’ at the end of their suburban road.

The neighbourhood plan (NP) for the area is near completion and John said developers should wait until the plan was put in place before making applications which were not in keeping with the rest of the village.

He said the NP proposed to create a ‘green ring’ around the village to stop development taking place in an attempt to sustain biodiversity. The proposed development would be on part of that ring.

Although part of the orchard would be retained, he said the access road would ‘sever’ it.

The neighbourhood plan has provided space for development south of the railway line in order to avoid southbound congestion on Stein Road, but this application seeks to build north of the line.

Neighbour David Leal added: “A lot of people are getting so frustrated with the crossing. People are jumping the barriers. That’s a disaster waiting 
to happen.”

Comment on the application by October 14.

Search reference 14/02843/OUT at 
www.chichester.gov.uk

Label the comment as ‘general’ or ‘objection’.