Residents concerned about trees in Chichester

CONCERN has been expressed by residents living in St Pancras, Chichester, over plans to fell a number of trees at the back of their homes.

Residents believe the plans are a precursor to ‘wholesale development’ of the site.

The plans have been submitted by Andrew Finnamore, who lives in Cutten Way, for land at the back of 118 St Pancras.

Last month Mr Finnamore wrote to several residents in the area to say he had acquired the land from developers Berkeley Homes.

He said he was aiming to tidy up the land and see what could be done with it.

As part of this he would be considering putting a single-storey house there.

The land, which used to be the garden of 118 before it was sold separately, has been the subject of a fierce planning battle by residents.

Berkeley Homes originally wanted to build a row of three terraced houses there last spring, but this was thrown out by Chichester District Council because of the negative impact it would have on the conservation area.

It then submitted plans to build a single, three-bedroom house on the land, which were opposed by around 70 people living near the site. This was first rejected by CDC and again following an appeal to planning inspectors.

Chris Coffin said: “We contend this application would harmfully reduce the content of a valuable green space and facilitate an application to build on this site which in turn would result in a substantial loss of privacy for us and other residents, and have a serious detrimental impact on the site which is within a conservation zone.”

Resident David Souter said that following the three refusals for the site, all the same issues still applied and that no built form was appropriate on the site.

The seven trees to be felled include cypress, holly, walnut, laburnum, cherry and an acacia tree. Residents said removing them would reduce screening between properties in St Pancras and St Agnes Place and could result in overlooking as well as loss of privacy and amenity.