Tangmere villagers in fight to block new homes plan

Tangmere Parish Council has voted unanimously against a planning application for dozens of new homes.

A public meeting hosted by the council heard residents’ views on the current planning application for 50 dwellings on land to the east of Meadow Way.

Last week’s public meeting also heard details about a second forthcoming planning application for another 50 dwellings on land off Church Lane.

Despite the bad weather, more than 50 residents attended the public meeting to express their opinions on the proposed development.

The vast majority were against any further development within the village as most considered there currently was not sufficient infrastructure for the 1,200 existing homes.

There were a number of objections to the two development proposals raised from residents at the meeting.

Residents’ objections were to traffic congestion on the A27, increased pressure on the sewage system and development on greenfield sites when brownfield sites were available.

There were also objections raised concerning the lack of community and recreation facilities and employment opportunities.

Objections relating to poor transport links due to a reduced bus service and a shortage of school places were also raised.

Cllr Andrew Irwin, chairman for Tangmere parish council, said: “Tangmere residents have consistently supported our standpoint regarding housing development in the village.”

Cllr Irwin added: “Housing should be located in the most sustainable locations, and without substantial additional facilities, Tangmere is not sustainable.”

The district councillor for Tangmere, Cllr Simon Oakley was also present to answer residents’ questions.

Cllr Oakley was also asked by a number of residents to represent the villagers’ objection to any further development.

A meeting was also held by Tangmere Parish council’s environment committee to determine the council’s response to the Meadow Way planning application, who voted overwhelmingly to object to the application.