VILLAGERS are celebrating after an appeal to build 22 homes in Westbourne was dismissed by an inspector.
The proposed homes, at a field off Long Copse Lane, had met with strong, vocal opposition from residents, with many claiming Westbourne was being targeted on all sides by housing developers.
Southcott Homes Ltd’s initial application was turned by Chichester District Council, which it subsequently appealed.
In her report, planning inspector Janice Trask said: “The proposal would result in considerable harm to the character and appearance of the village and its setting and conflicts with the development plan in this respect.”
She said she had taken the shortfall in Chichester District Council’s housing land supply into account.
She added that the ‘considerable environmental harm’ of the development significantly outweighed the economic and social benefits of the scheme.