DISTRICT councillors at a planning meeting on Wednesday approved an application for 50 new homes in Bosham despite reservations over sewerage and flooding.
Members raised issues over Southern Water’s late confirmation that they can facilitate foul sewerage disposal and that it will not increase the risk of flooding.
Cllr Richard Plowman put forward a motion to defer the application until they had more information from Southern Water, but not enough councillors agreed.
The site borders the A259, which itself comprises the northern boundary of the Chichester Harbour Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and it was allocated for a development of 50 dwellings in the merging site allocation development plan document.
The planning application is for a mix of one, two, three and four-bedroom houses and maisonettes with 30 per cent (15 dwellings) making up affordable housing.
The planning decision was referred to Chichester District Council’s planning committee due to the parish council’s opposition, stating the application was premature.
An agenda update sheet which was circulated said: “Southern Water has recently undertaken more detailed network modelling as part of a network growth review.
“The results of this assessment, to our current modelling procedures and criteria, indicates that the additional foul sewerage flows from the proposed development will not increase the risk of flooding in the existing public sewerage network.”