Southbourne 150-home plans back on the table with appeal


A HIGHLY contentious plan to build 150 homes in Southbourne could be back on the table.

The developer, Rydon Homes, had a planning application for the mixture of homes, along with sports facilities and parking on land North of Four Acre Nursery, Cooks Lane, refused by Chichester District Council planners.

But this week it officially launched an appeal to the Secretary of State.

The large-scale homes application received scores of objections from local residents, both Westbourne and Southbourne parish councils, as well as a ‘red card procedure’ from councillor Robert Hayes because of the level of public interest.

Among the objects were the belief that it would significantly increase traffic on roads and at the Stein Road railway crossing, the impact on the local environment and because the area is prone to flooding.

Jonathan Brown, Southbourne parish councillor, said: “News of the appeal is unwelcome though not unexpected.

“Since the original refusal decision however our case has only got stronger, with the inspectors having accepted both Southbourne’s neighbourhood plan and Chichester District’s local plan.

“Having worked so hard on it the community will be very upset to see it all go to waste if the appeal is successful.”