Third time lucky for showman’s caravan site in Westbourne

Planning application
Planning application
  • An attempt to create four showmen family caravan plots has been made in Westbourne
  • This follows two failed attempts last year
  • It has been described as a ‘substantial development in a designated rural area’

IT COULD be third time lucky for a showmen’s caravan site in Westbourne.

A planning application has been submitted to Chichester District Council for four showman family plots at the Old Army Camp in Cemetery Lane, Woodmancote.

This follows two failed applications on the site last year, in May for a 12-pitch site, and in October for five pitches.

Jimmy Sullivan has applied for permission for the plots which would include space for mobile homes, and showground vehicles and equipment.

Planning consultant Phil Rowe, acting on behalf of Mr Sullivan, said: “Recent appeal decisions have confirmed the current outstanding need for showman sites in Chichester.”

Both were refused on the grounds they would ‘dominate the existing settled community and give rise to an increased likelihood of social tension both with the settled community and between occupiers on the application site and neighbouring sites’.

Councillors added activity and traffic, noise, light and disturbance, were ‘likely to be harmful to the quality of people’s experience’.

Resident Roy Briscoe has objected the plans.

He said: “This is a substantial development in a designated rural 
area.

“It would bring additional traffic not only to Cemetery Lane but the narrow lanes into Westbourne which is often grid locked.”