Housing threat in Storrington as developer appeals rejected plans

Land off Bax Close, Storrington. Photo by Derek Martin
Land off Bax Close, Storrington. Photo by Derek Martin

Storrington is facing a fresh housing threat after a developer launched appeals against the council’s decision to refuse two planning applications in the village.

Last year, Horsham District Council turned down two applications from developer Bovis Homes to build a total of 80 homes on land off Bax Close.

In April 2015, the council’s Development Control South Committee rejected a proposal for 45 homes, before the committee halted plans for 35 properties in November 2015.

Bovis Homes has appealed against both decisions, with the hearing set to take place at Horsham District Council’s office in Parkside, Chart Way, on Wednesday May 4.

A planning inspector will attend to rule on the appeal.

Members of the public may also attend, and will be able to express their views at the inspector’s discretion.

The plan for 45 two-storey buildings consisted of eight two-bedroom, 16 three-bedroom, 14 four-bedroom, five five-bedroom and two six-bedroom homes, along with landscaping and open space.

Councillors rejected the housing plan, raising concerns over traffic, air quality and medical provision in the village.

The second proposal, for 35 homes, involved eight two-bedroom, 12 three-bedroom, 12 four-bedroom and three five-bedroom properties, as well as associated works including a pumping station.

An action group, Stop Bovis Ruining Storrington, was also set up in opposition to development at the Bax Close and Clay Lane sites.

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