Plans for 45 new homes in Storrington

WSCT 161241  Protesters from the Stop Bovis Ruining Storrington Action Group pictured in December. Photo by Derek Martin SUS-141216-165247001
WSCT 161241 Protesters from the Stop Bovis Ruining Storrington Action Group pictured in December. Photo by Derek Martin SUS-141216-165247001
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A proposal for 45 new homes in Storrington at a development which has attracted major opposition has been received by Horsham District Council.

Plans for eight two-bedroom homes, 16 three-bedroom properties, 14 four-bedroom houses, five five-bedroom homes and two six-bedroom houses at land off Bax Close have been submitted.

All the homes will be two storeys, and the development includes associated access works and landscaping.

The application number is DC/15/0107 and it can be viewed on HDC’s website.

Campaigners set up the action group ‘Stop Bovis Ruining Storrington’ in opposition to developer Bovis Homes’ plans to build new homes in the village.

In December, the developer confirmed it was consulting on plans for land off Bax Close, but was not preparing any proposals for Clay Lane, where residents had suggested an additional 100 homes could be built.

A spokesperson for Bovis Homes said: “We invited local residents to a public exhibition where we discussed our plans with around 150 people and took on board their comments and views, and we continue to receive useful feedback via our dedicated consultation website as we refine our proposals ahead of submission.

“We understand that some residents may not currently support the idea, but there is an acknowledged need for housing in the region and Storrington is identified by Horsham Borough Council as being capable of accommodating some expansion, infilling and redevelopment.

“New development will help meet the needs of West Sussex first-time buyers, families looking for more space or those stuck on council waiting lists, who will be pleased at the prospect of 45 new homes with a mix of two, three, four and five bedroom homes, with 40 per cent to be designated as affordable housing.

“Added to this, any proposals will include a financial contribution to the community to boost local infrastructure.

“We remain committed to consulting and working with local people to deliver this new part of the community, where we will look to retain existing green features wherever possible and use designs and materials in keeping with the area.”

Residents packed out Storrington Village Hall in December to discuss their opposition to further housebuilding in the village.

A number of factors have been cited as reasons to oppose development, including Storrington’s air pollution problem, traffic in the village and its current infrastructure.

A petition has also been set up by members of Stop Bovis Ruining Storrington.