Houses in Gardens We have a long-running campaign against houses being built in residents’ gardens. They threaten to destroy the open character of Ferring, they reduce wildlife habitat and natural drainage, and add to the number of cars in the village when congestion and parking problems have already reached record levels. ‘Backland’ development is even worse because the long narrow driveways create additional road safety hazards – for pedestrians and other vehicles.
Our objections, and those of our Parish Council, do frequently persuade Arun DC to refuse such planning applications. Unfortunately the Planning Inspectors often uphold appeals against the Council’s refusal. The most recent case is that of ‘Elm Lodge’ on the corner of Tamarisk Way and Sea Lane, an application twice refused by Arun DC, once dismissed on appeal but finally allowed at the end of June.
Please join us in objecting to applications like these.
Persimmon and the Gaps
Our campaign against overdevelopment generally, and against any development in our Strategic Gaps, continues. On 10 March Worthing Borough Council’s Planning Committee refused the application by Persimmon Homes Ltd to build a 475-house estate in the northern gap – from the Ferring-Goring boundary right up to Goring station, and northwards up to the Rife. There were over 1200 objections from residents on both sides of the Gap, and public and community organisations like our own, and the Councillors’ decision was unqualified and unanimous.
Worthing Borough Council’s Draft Local Plan, soon to be submitted to the Planning Inspectorate, is very firmon the protection of both northern and southern gap. It designates them as ‘Local Green Space’.as well as ‘local gaps’ to maintain the distinct identy of Ferring and Goring. But a small part of the northern gap and about half of the southern gap are in Ferring and now we are looking for a similar firm commitment in the revised version of the Arun’s Local Plan, now under preparation.
We know that a recent Housing and Employment Land Availability Assessment noted that it would be possible to build 52 houses on the Ferring section of the northern gap. We need Arun to say very clearly that this is not going to happen. We are more confident about Ferring’s sectoion of the southern gap – south of the Ilex Avenue and right down to the beach, This area has now been designated as a Local Wildlife Site, equivalent to the old SNCI. This gives it added protect against develpment.