Parish is asked to protect Sullington landscape from ‘vandalism’

View of Downs off Sullington Lane where a concept proposal intends to build a road SUS-150616-103321001
View of Downs off Sullington Lane where a concept proposal intends to build a road SUS-150616-103321001

A proposal to build a road across a scenic landscape in Sullington has placed pressure on the parish council.

A concept proposal for a residential redevelopment of Chantry Lane Industrial Estate, Sullington, has provoked an outcry from residents to protect the land that is located in the South Downs National Park.

On Tuesday, the public consultation for Storrington & Sullington and Washington’s neighbourhood plan ended. This gave residents an opportunity to review the pre-submission document.

However, many residents raised concern that a development from Dudman Group could ‘vandalise’ the field between Sullington Lane and the Chantry Sandpit with a new road, which will be accessed by a new roundabout.

Robin Harrild lives near the proposed site, he said the neighbourhood plan should reassure residents of the land’s future protection.

He said: “It would be vandalism to put a busy road across them.

“The process of developing the neighbourhood plan does not seem to be working well, at least in respect of this road.”

The steering group behind the neighbourhood plan has designated the area as appropriate for tourism or community related development.

Parish council chairman Anna Worthington-Leese said: “The proposed plan does not make reference to road access, but does state that the design and access will conserve the landscape and scenic beauty of the national park.

“With this in mind, any access plans would need to be acceptable to the South Downs National Park Authority.”

Parish member Gail Kittle said: “I completely support the idea of a plan, but would like to see the Downs protected.”

Mr Harrild added that he would like to see the steering group state that no scheme like this will be supported.

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