Concerns over proposed North Littlehampton development

Re your report about the proposed North Littlehampton development,

The site, north of the railway line at Toddington, was put forward in principle at a public inquiry in 2002, and was rejected by the Government Inspector .

He was concerned about the ‘severance’ from the town of Littlehampton and the lack of a really suitable access between the two settlements.

He concluded that the railway should mark the northern limit of the built-up area. (This boundary had been gradually moved from its established line along Worthing Road, the A 259).

There is a strategic gap where the land in question has been used for the production of food, the growing of crops and the rearing of livestock.

Van Heyningens had a flourishing tomato nursery, one of the most famous in Europe.

We are still importing a large proportion of food and it would be extremely short-sighted to take the land permanently out of production.

The site has not been classified as ‘previously developed land’ and it consists of high grade agricultural quality.

The inhabitants of existing houses south of the railway- some 500 homes- would be cut off from the west and the north if the suggested closure of Toddington Lane level crossing is allowed to go ahead and there would be a consequent increase in traffic using the A259.

The whole question of traffic volumes appears to have been ignored, but a further 1260 or 1460 new homes in the vicinity would result in utter chaos on local main roads, even greater than at present.

There have been no binding suggestions as to who would pay for this or how far north it would run.

W F Daggett

Barn Close, Littlehampton