Birdham homes bid going to appeal

A CONTROVERSIAL bid to build 30 new homes in Birdham is going to appeal.

Rydom Homes Ltd is challenging Chichester District Council’s decision to refuse planning permission for land at Tawny Nurseries, in Bell Lane, Birdham.

The developer wanted to build 30 homes, a new access road, parking and a play area on the site.

However, refusing permission at the start of this year, councillors said it was in ‘fundamental conflict’ with housing policies, was outside a settlement policy area and would result in a ‘scale of housing above that commensurate with the sustainability of Birdham’. Rydom hopes to overturn this decision.

Birdham Village Residents’ Association had raised a string of objections to the plan including the density of development, drainage issues, fears over sewage capacity, a lack of transport infrastructure and the oversubscription of local schools.

Birdham Parish Council said: “The effect of this development would be to change the shape of the village, worsen the ribbon development and threaten coalescence with Somerley.”

A public hearing will be held for the appeal, although the date has not yet been set.

Anyone wishing to comment on the appeal should send three copies of their comments to The Planning Inspectorate, 3/05 Wing, Temple Quay House, 2 The Square, Temple Quay, Bristol, BS1 6PN.

Comments should be received by August 21 and should quote the DCLG reference APP/L3815/A/13/2199668.