A FOUR-DAY planning inquiry drew to a close on Friday, leaving residents in limbo as to the future of their village.
The inquiry concerned a plan to build 92 homes on land south of Lavant and north of Chichester.
Barristers acting on behalf of the district council and developer Taylor Wimpey will now submit their closing statements to the planning inspector in writing.
More than 100 residents turned out on the first day of the inquiry on Tuesday, November 26, with a large number returning on subsequent days.
After the Observer went to press last Wednesday, county councillor for Chichester North Jeremy Hunt, told the inquiry that unlike experts appearing on behalf of the developer, the people he represented would have no option but to ‘live with the proposed desecration of the Lavant gap’, if the appeal was successful and the homes were built.
He also raised concerns about the adverse impact the housing could potentially have on business activities at nearby Goodwood, such as the aerodrome and the motor circuit.
“I believe that the very real threat of the continual drip, drip, drip of complaints could eventually threaten the viability of the whole organisation, leading to its eventual closure,” he said.
“We must remember that Goodwood is a very important part of the economy of West Sussex.”
Taylor Wimpey has said the scheme would not have an adverse affect on Goodwood, nor would it join Chichester and Lavant, as is feared by residents.
Finishing, Cllr Hunt said: “This application is certainly not well thought out and it certainly does not enhance either of our communities.”