‘Cynical’ and ‘speculative’ plans for 160 new homes in Storrington were rejected this week.
Gladman Developments’ proposal for land off Fryern Road was refused by Horsham District Council’s Development Control South Committee on Tuesday.
Officers had recommended that the scheme be refused on the grounds that it was outside the built up area boundary of the village and was not in the local plan, would create an urbanised environment in a countryside location, and did not demonstrate it would not be harmful to protected species or habitats.
Anna Worthington-Leese, chair of Storrington Parish Council, called the development a ‘cynical attempt by the developer to get in before the neighbourhood plan is made’.
She added: “It would irrevocably change the character of the area and set a precedent for a number of nearby fields.”
Roger Smith, speaking on behalf of the Campaign to Protect Rural England’s Sussex branch, urged councillors to reject what he called a ‘speculative’ application, echoing officer remakes about deficiencies with ecology information.
Philip Circus (Con, Chanctonbury) thought that mitigation measures to reduce the new houses’ impact on air quality would not make a ‘haypenny’s difference’, and also raised the importance of keeping a gap between Storrington and West Chiltington. He explained: “I think it’s important for both communities to maintain the cordon sanitaire, but maybe that’s not quite the right expression but I think members know what I mean and I think this will undermine it.”
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