Residents may have had a leaflet through their letterbox in the last few days from a public relations company advertising a public consultation on proposals to build a housing estate on Highdown Vineyard, to be held in the Village Hall between 1pm – 7pm on Wednesday 30 March. The developers had pre-application discussions with Arun DC planning officers last year about a 121-house development. After much huffing and puffing, the officers advised that such a proposal would be unlikely to be approved by the Planning Committee.
We do not know yet exactly what is being proposed this time but it will probably be something similar, and the developers would be hoping that even if Arun DC refused the application, their decision will be overturned on appeal – like the Chatsmore Farm decision.
Ferring Conservation Group will do everything in its power to ensure that the developers are told that an application for a housing estate is against Arun’s Local Plan, against the Ferring Neighbourhood Plan and against the opposition of the overwhelming majority of Ferring residents. We must all make our views very clear at this ‘Consultation’ on 30 March – and before that, by e mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org