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Residents and groups have said they will do all they can to defend an area of open land near Chichester which has been earmarked for up to 100 homes.

Initial proposals to build on the rural land between Chichester and Lavant, known as ‘the daffodil fields’, were fiercely opposed when they were presented to the city council last week.

Now The South Downs Society and CPRE Sussex Countryside Trust have joined residents in criticising the plans, put forward by Taylor Wimpey.

Jeremy Hunt, chairman of the Summersdale Residents’ Association, said: “Residents are almost, without exception, against any encroachment on this strategic gap. This land is one of the smaller strategic gaps but it needs defending.”

* For the full story see the May 24 issue of the Chichester Observer.