Chichester residents tell housing developer to ‘give up’

Residents have told a housing developer to give up in attempting to build a small development in the city – after it was rejected for the third time.

Berkeley Homes has had its application for three homes which would be built on a piece of land at the back of number 118 St Pancras rejected twice, and again on appeal.

The site is part of 118’s back garden, but continues along the back of three Georgian Grade II listed homes numbering 113 to 117.

Residents are now wondering why the firm would bother applying again.

St Pancras resident, David Souter’s garden would be overlooked by the development, and he feels building at the site would affect the row of listed buildings where he lives.

He said: “Why are they proceeding with this when they have been rejected three times?

“Where is it going to end? We are clearly going to keep fighting it.

“It’s causing a lot of stress and aggravation to a lot of people.

“Everybody feels now that we have fought hard for this, it’s taken up a lot of people’s time, we are all busy people.

Another St Pancras resident affected under the plans is Dr Keith Jenkins.

He said: “The council received about 70 letters of objection to the proposed build.

“It was excellent to see the views of local residents, many of whom were elderly and who had been made to feel anxious by Berkeley Homes’ intentions and upset by them.

“Now that Berkeley Homes have been refused planning permission three times I feel that as a responsible building company they should accept that the garden was unsuitable for any built form and desist from any further time wasting applications to build.

“It is time for Berkeley Homes to draw a line under this one, cut their losses and respect the wishes of local people and the decisions of Chichester District Council.”

The decision letter from Chichester District Council said: “The proposed development, by reason of its siting on an essential green space which makes a significant contribution to the character and appearance of the Conservation Area, its siting in close proximity to listed buildings on St Pancras, its size and scale, resulting in it being visible above existing walls on and around the site and the extent of tree removal would have a detrimental impact on the setting of the adjacent listed buildings and on the character and appearance of the Conservation Area.”

The appeal inspector who turned down the first application in January said in their decision notice: “It is the detrimental impact the proposal would have on the character and appearance of the Conservation Area and the settings of listed buildings on St Pancras that are the determining issue in this appeal.”

Berkely Homes were unavailable for comment.