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Westbourne land for housing?

LAND in Westbourne has been earmarked as a potential site for affordable housing.

 

The site, situated to the rear of 50-56 Mill Road, is part of a larger site which was acquired for housing in 1947 but it was never included in the development and was excluded from the transfer of land with the housing stock in 2001.

 

Westbourne Community Trust (WCT) is looking to acquire the land from the district council and use part of this as an exception site for about ten affordable houses along with provision of enhanced community facilities on the remainder of the site including play facilities, toilets and other facilities to support the adjoining allotments.

 

Chichester District Council cabinet members agreed on Tuesday to declare the land surplus to requirements and to sell it to the trust at a market value which reflects the limited value of an exception site for affordable housing with a retained community use on the remainder of the land.

 

Land at Covington Road is also to be transferred to the WCT for a nominal payment to ensure that it is retained as open space.

 

As far as the Mill Road and Covington Road sites are concerned, the council has the options of retaining the present arrangements or selling to the WCT as proposed.

 

The Covington Road land has been identified as a potential building plot but an inquiry determined that residents had established a right of way over the land.

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