Houses in Gardens We have a long-running campaign against houses being built in residents’ gardens. even worse. 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. We saw the proposal by Persimmon Homes Ltd last September to build a 465-house estate in the northern gap – from the Ferring-Goring boundary right up to Goring station, and northwards up to the Rife. There was a very strong reaction against the proposal and by the end of June there had still not been a planning application. Persimmon have not given up on the idea but as we are entering into a deep recession, caused by the Corona virus, it seems unlikely that anything will happen any time soon.
There is good news on 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.