Hambrook ‘under siege’ by developers


COUNCILLORS have thrown out an application to build 30 homes in Hambrook.

After a lengthy debate, Chichester District Council planning committee voted against development in Wakefords Field near Broad Road, Hambrook.

Cliff Archer, chairman of Chidham and Hambrook Parish Council objected to the plans at the meeting on Wednesday.

“Hambrook is under siege,” he said.

“It is on a green field site, it is in a rural area and it threatens to join together the surrounding developments. What more reason could you want to object to this proposal?”

Mr Archer was also joined by West Sussex county councillor Sandra James, who said the human rights of Hambrook residents ‘had not been observed’ in the proposals.

Chichester District Council is set to submit its draft local plan to the secretary of state in April.

The plan stipulates that only 25 new homes should be built in Hambrook by 2029.

“If you do not support your local plan how can you expect other authorities to support it,” said Alan Morse, Hambrook resident. But planning officer Andrew Frost said the plan still only had ‘limited weight’ when considering applications.

Councillor John Ridd said Hambrook was not a village which need additional housing to continue its development.

“Even highways say it is located in an unsustainable location,” he said. “We must stand by our principles and not be steam rollered in to this.”

Cllr Philippa Hardwick proposed that the plans were contrary to the council’s planning policy and the vote was passed by the majority.