THE next battle is due in an ongoing war over more homes on the Manhood Peninsula.
Chichester District Council officers are siding with Wates Developments’ bid for 110 homes on land near Clappers Lane, in Earnley, after refusing permission for 160 homes on the site last year.
There is no justification for building on this siteEast Wittering and Bracklesham
Initially Wates’ 110-home bid was for 140 homes, but this has since been reduced.
A consortium of Manhood parishes has opposed development on the site – which borders Earnley parish and East Wittering and Bracklesham parish – citing traffic congestion as a major stumbling block.
“The parish council objects strongly to this development, as it would to any one of this type,” said East Wittering and Bracklesham.
“There is no justification for building on this site when there are more appropriate and smaller sites within the village as outlined in the emerging neighbourhood plan.”
Meanwhile, Earnley Parish Council said it also unanimously opposed the scheme.
“In particular we would wish to reiterate our concerns about traffic congestion on the A286 going north to the A27,” said the council.
It cited the Selsey Tram roundabout and the Stockbridge Road roundabout as key points that could become clogged with the additional traffic.
The 160-home bid for the site was dismissed this year by a planning inspector.
Wates appealed before the council had finalised its decision, saying Chichester District Council had not been quick enough. The council later said it would have refused the application anyway and won the appeal.
However, officers have sided with the developer this time around, recommending the development gets the go-ahead at the today’s committee meeting (March 4).
They said they had to take into account what the inspector said at the 160-home appeal.
“Whilst that appeal was ultimately dismissed, it was dismissed not on the principle of housing development in this location which was accepted, but solely on the serious failings of what the inspector described as the ‘mediocre and unimaginative’ indicative layout,” said a report ahead of Wednesday’s planning committee meeting at East Pallant House.
The inspector said his findings relating to traffic did not outweigh the benefits of allowing the scheme.