Fears over flooding and traffic in Birdham

‘FUNDAMENTAL’ problems have led a parish council to object to a bid for 27 new homes on the site of two bungalows.

Birdham Parish Council has raised a series of concerns about the application for the former Rowan Nursery site, in Bell Lane, Birdham, set to be debated by councillors tomorrow (Wednesday, June 26).

Responding to the plans, Birdham raised concerns about the impact of increased traffic, flooding and infrastructure.

Describing the traffic survey as ‘flawed’ it said: “The infrastructure problems on transport and sewerage has been grossly underestimated and are probably not solvable within the time frame.”

Earnley Parish Council also objected to the scheme, describing it as ‘unsustainable’.

Earnley councillors raised concerns about the ‘damaging impact’ of losing half the caravan pitches at Rowan Nursery.

The council has also received 40 letters of objection from residents.

However, officers recommend the plan is deferred for a section 106 agreement then approved.

A report, set to be presented to councillors, says there can be no ‘general moratorium’ on housing in the south of the district.

It will be debated at a Chichester District Council’s planning committee meeting, set to be held at 10am tomorrow at East Pallant House, Chichester.