We’re very pleased that tonight (Weds 10/3) the Worthing Borough Council Planning Committee unanimously refused Persimmon Homes planning application to build 475 houses on the North Goring Gap.
Thank you to those who spoke so well at the meeting, those who worked hard to campaign against it and the many hundreds of people who sent in their individual objections. This is a good day for Ferring, Goring and all of our local area, and shows just how much we value our remaining green spaces.
David Bettiss – Chairman, FCG
The Goring Gap, north and south, is important to our self-identity as Ferring, still a village – bounded by this gap, the East Preston-Kingston Gap, the Angmering-Worthing Gap and the sea. It was a great pity that building along Goring Way in the 1950s filled in a section of the Goring Gap and joined us to the streets of Worthing. But what remains is very important: the Ilex Avenue, the southern gap below it: picturesque farmland running down to the sea; and the northern gap between Ferring Lane and Goring Street, not quite so attractive but valuable agricultural land always under cultivation, and the Rife running through it, a pleasant open space and ‘green gap’.
We now have to defend this northern gap against a developer – Persimmon Homes Ltd , who have applied to Worthing Borough Council for planning permission for 475 houses and flats. It is an ‘outline’ application so that many of the featured displayed in their application are not commitments but ‘illustrations’. When Persimmon unveiled their proposals in October 2020, they received 588 responses and in their application they only referred to one of these as a favourable response..
Nearly 1250 residents have objected – an unprecedented level of hostility to any development in Ferring, Arun or Worthing , We are confident that Worthing Borough Council will refuse this application when it comes to Committee on 10 March.
We believe that:
- The break in the built-up area between Ferring and Goring helps both areas maintain their individuality
- The landscape is attractive in its own right and as part of the foreground to Highdown
- The open space is a ‘green lung’ for Ferring and Goring
- The loss of prime agricultural land is completely unnecessary
- The impossible traffic congestion arising in the main road and both roundabouts and back into Ferring would be intolerable
- This development would add to the strain on other infrastructure: drainage, water supply and sewerage, schools and medical services
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.