COUNCIL bosses are going for a second bite of the cherry next Wednesday (August 8) in a bid to get 80 homes signed off.
The ongoing saga at the former Portfield football ground saw an application to extend the original planning permission’s time limit thrown out in January.
Chichester District Council’s planning committee refused the application, even though it was the council itself applying.
Speaking after the decision, chairman of the Westhampnett and Church Road residents’ association Lynne Friel said her faith in local democracy was restored, adding: “Chichester District Council as applicant can hardly appeal against the resounding decision of their own councillors.”
However, instead the council withdrew the application before the decision notice was issued. It then resubmitted it with an additional 15 car parking spaces provided, which was the reason the committee did not extend the permission last time. Tuesday’s cabinet meeting gave a thumbs up to selling the land to a bidder whose identity is being kept anonymous. A valuation in 2007 put the land price at more than £3.3m.
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