Planning officers at Chichester District Council were told to look at the White House Farm development again after a climate emergency was declared earlier this year.
At a planning committee meeting, one objector described the developers’ use of solar panels on 24 per cent of the first 73 dwellings as a ‘sticking plaster’.
The recommendation for the outstanding reserved matters for the first parcel of land and homes was deferred by committee members after almost two hours of debate.
The reserved matters for the first 73 homes includes parking, landscaping and open spaces but councillors were unhappy with the resolution on environmental and highway issues.
Cllr Julian Joy, speaking as chairman of planning on Chichester City Council, and an architect, said the whole development indicated 20 per cent growth in housing for the whole of Chichester in a single application.
“The application for the first phase and reserved matters is of poor design.
“The standard of housing building type has been around for about 20 years. These designs are not catering for our climate emergency that we have all declared as councils.”
Objector Ms Valerie Brigginshaw said access routes were inappropriate and the light mitigation for bats needed to be looked at.
“We really need to reassess the whole thing, given the climate emergency we have declared. The fact that two solar panels have been stuck on some roofs of 24 per cent of the properties is a very small sticking plaster.”
The agent, Mr Nicholas Billington, told the committee the development would include solar powered street llighting. He said:
“The updated design strategy includes a new section dedicated to sustainability which makes a commitment to achieve additional reductions in energy demand on each parcel which goes beyond the requirements of your policy.”
Officers told committee members that deferring the application could lead to an appeal.
Cllr Sarah Sharp made the proposal to defer the application after she raised concerns over several things including the number of electric car charging points. Officers argued that outline permission was granted and it would be deemed unreasonable to go back and look at this.
Cllr Graeme Barrett added:
“We are looking for a carbon neutral city by 2030. That’s only some ten years away. These homes will only last 100 to 150 years so we should be building them to meet the requirements for beyond ten years, not just today.”