VIDEO: Campaigners fight to keep Lavant gap green

CAMPAIGNERS fighting to keep the Lavant gap green held a meeting in preparation of a planning inquiry.

More than 100 people turned out to St Nicholas’ Church, Lavant, on Thursday, November 14, to support RAGE2 (Residents Against Greenfield Development).

The inquiry will determine whether 92 new homes will be built on the land north of Keepers Wood in Lavant, known locally as the ‘daffodil field’.

Lavant resident, Nick Reynolds condemned the application as an ‘opportunistic’ development.

Mike Kingsfold, from East Lavant, called for action from South Downs National Park.

“If they don’t see this or do anything about it there will be ribbon development all along the national park. Is that really what they want?”

Speaking after the meeting, RAGE2 chairman, Mike Hall, said it was ‘heart-warming’ to see such a large gathering of residents from Lavant and the city make the effort to turn out on a winter’s evening.

“There is a genuine fear that should this appeal succeed the iconic setting of our cathedral city, when viewed from the adjacent South Downs will be destroyed and the strategic gap lost to future infill development,” he said.

The campaign is also being supported by West Sussex county councillor Jeremy Hunt.

The appeal starts on Tuesday, November 26, in East Pallant House, at 10am.