Sidlesham and Earnley residents meet to discuss ‘lorry motorway’ proposals

RESIDENTS in Sidlesham and Earnley are to meet to discuss the last-minute proposal to build 15 parking bays as part of multi-million pound plans to build acres of glasshouses in Almodington.

The proposal was made by Madestein during a public inquiry into its plans for 52 acres of glasshouses at Easton Farm. This meant the inquiry had to be adjourned before re-commencing next month.

Residents have called for a public meeting to express their views and consider the community’s response to the bays for Almodington Lane and Batchmere Road. This will take place in Sidlesham Parish Church Hall on Sunday at 5pm.

“People are describing the new highway proposal from Madestein as a lorry motorway,” said Dries de Vaal, chairman of the Almodington Association. “It will destroy the beauty and rural character of what is currently an attractive country lane, used by walkers, cyclists and equestrians and is completely unsuitable for heavy lorry traffic.”

The Almodington Association has raised more than £100,000 to be legally represented at the public inquiry, which started in February this year.

It strongly opposes Madestein’s plans to build glasshouses so it can grow lettuce.

Chichester District Council (CDC) has announced that the public inquiry to decide the glasshouses plans has been adjourned because of the proposed new 15-bay scheme, and that it will re-commence on June 20.

The scheme can be viewed by the public in the council office or on the CDC website at

People are invited to give their views on this new scheme to the planning Inspector of the Public Inquiry.

Three copies of a letter should be sent to: The Planning Inspectorate, 3/22 Eagle Wing, Temple Quay House, 2 The Square, Temple Quay, Bristol BS1 6PN.

Letters should arrive no later than Monday, May 25 and should quote the reference APP/L3815/A/2160759/NWF.