VIDEO: Strong opinions at Whitehouse Farm consultation

CONTROVERSIAL plans for 1,600 homes to the west of Chichester have been labelled as ‘criminal’.

Proposals for Whitehouse Farm attracted hundreds of residents to a public exhibition on Tuesday (July 15) held by joint developers Miller Homes and Linden Homes.

“The roads are gridlocked as it is, we can’t imagine another 1,600 houses trying to get into the town,” said Roy Millson, of Pine Grove.

His wife Wendy said: “It’s such a big thing with so many factors.

“There are deer and wildlife that come through from Kingley Vale and the downs, they have a route through, they are going to block it – it is criminal.”

The site would include a country park, primary school and sports facilities.

Martin Hawthorne, director of planning at WYG, has been involved with the plan since 2001.

“It’s a constantly-evolving design and hopefully as a result of the comments today we will try to modify the proposals to address as many concerns as possible,” he said.

Issues raised included traffic, schools, doctor’s surgeries, connections into the city centre and sewage.

For the latter, developers are now favouring an ‘on-site solution’ rather than connecting to the wastewater treatment works in Tangmere.

“The prevailing wind from that would be straight over Parklands,” said Mr Millson.

Plans for phase one of 750 homes could be submitted by the beginning of autumn.

“We can’t win, we’ve had objection meetings and everything,” said Mrs Millson.

Sherborne Road resident Christina Calzolari said: “I am worried about the flooding, it’s full of natural springs up there,” adding she even wrote to Prince Charles about the issue.

“He is a farmer, after all. We are going to need the farmlands in decades to come, for our grandchildren.”

Fran Palmer, strategic land and planning manager for Linden Homes, said: “There is never going to be a straight answer, what we have to do is make sure it is as agreeable as possible.”