West Wittering homes get the go ahead

AFTER a deferral, plans for 50 homes north of Chaucher Drive in West Wittering have been approved – but it wasn’t all smooth sailing.

Members of Chichester District Council’s planning committee were concerned about the impact of the homes on the sewage network, which was already stretched to the limit.

Ward member for West Wittering Pieter Montyn said at yesterday’s meeting he wanted assurances that work on the pumping station at Church Lane would be complete before construction went ahead.

He said this was because the council had imposed this condition on a previous development in the parish – but it was ignored, and building went ahead.

However, the representative for the developer, Barrett Homes, said he could not give that assurance.

Graeme Barrett, ward member for the neighbouring parish East Wittering and Bracklesham, said he wanted to know whether the sewage would go through the pumping station at Clappers Lane.

“We have a serious problem with the pumping station at Clappers Lane,” he said.

“Between December and February this year, there was a tanker every other day operating at the pumping station, because the station could not cope.”

He said as a result, one holiday park had closed as sewage had entered the site, and a nursing home in the village was unable to use the toilets on some days because of problems with the sewers.

However, officers from the council could not tell members the route of the sewage coming from the new site.

There were also concerns about traffic on Church Lane, and the design of the affordable homes on the site.

However, the planning committee approved the plans, with 11 in favour, three against and one member abstaining.