Bracklesham developer appeals over 160 homes

DEVELOPERS have lodged an appeal against Chichester District Council for not determining an application in time.

Wates Developments put in plans for 160 homes off Clappers Lane in Bracklesham – next to a site under construction for 50 homes.

The plans were due to be discussed at the council’s planning committee on June 25, but as it has been more than ten weeks since the application was lodged, the developers can appeal.

This means the 160-home plan could be decided by a planning inspector regardless of the council’s decision.

A neighbouring application for 50 homes, off Beech Avenue, was turned down by the council, but this was overturned by a planning inspector.

A Chichester District Council spokeswoman said: “The Clappers Lane planning application will be reported to the June planning committee.

“Councillors will debate and agree the decision they would have reached on the application in the same way as if an appeal had not been made.

“The council’s decision will then be submitted to the planning inspectorate as part of the council’s evidence for the appeal.

“Should the council’s decision be to contest the appeal, the council will have the usual opportunity to present its case at a public inquiry, before a final decision is made on the proposals.

“While it is unusual for a developer to appeal to the planning inspectorate at this stage, the council’s position is not prejudiced in any way.”

The developer said it hoped the appeal will be heard by a planning inspector in September.

Chichester District Council has received a number of objections to the plans by residents and parish councils on the Manhood Peninsula.