Councillors have objected to an application to build 193 homes in Selsey.
At a Selsey Town Council planning committee on Wednesday, July 24, it was agreed to object to the development on land east of Manor Road because of grounds of flood risk and infrastructure.
The application was originally part of the Asda development at Park Farm which was agreed in 2015. However, planning permission expired, and the developers were forced to resubmit the application.
The development comprises of two phases and full planning permission is being sought for phase one which will be 119 homes, access from Manor Road, public open space and landscaping. Outline permission, phase two, is being sought for up to 74 homes and associated infrastructure.
The town council originally objected to the application three months ago, on the basis of flood risk and the developers, Landlink, took the application back to the planning committee having made some amendments to the site’s drainage.
However, councillors felt these amendments would not adequately address the situation and also expressed their concern at the impact such a sizeable development would have on the town’s infrastructure.
Cllr Donna Johnson and Cllr Tim Johnson, Local Alliance district councillors for Sidlesham with Selsey North and South Selsey respectively, told the Chichester Post: “Chichester’s current local plan clearly says that our housing allocation should be 150 due to the ‘physical, environmental and accessibility constraints affecting the town.’
“There have been 110 houses which have already been built on Drift Field, a further 193 will take us to 303, over 100 per cent above our allocation and that doesn’t count smaller, windfall developments.
“While we appreciate we cannot ‘pull up the drawbridge,’ further housing must be sustainable and appropriate, this is neither.
“We are now much more aware of the impact of climate change, in fact Chichester District Council recently declared a climate emergency.
“Pushing development down into the coastal plains is not prudent and we cannot risk groundwater flooding as it will affect our community downstream.
“There are also issues connected with transport, education and medical care. Whilst these may not be within the remit of Chichester District Council, we believe that we must begin to take a holistic approach to planned development; we cannot create communities then be unable to adequately meet their needs.”
Chichester District Council is due to consider the application at a future meeting of its planning committee.