40-home development in Ferring is ‘another brick in the wall’

Members of Ferring Conservation Group at the site
Members of Ferring Conservation Group at the site

A conservation group has described a decision to grant planning permission for a 40-home development in Ferring as “another brick in the wall”.

The housing development on Grenyer’s Field, on the junction of Langbury Lane and Littlehampton Road, is the biggest of its kind ever to be approved in Ferring.

The decision to approve the development was made by the Government’s Planning Inspectorate after permission was initially refused by Arun District Council.

The development had initially been refused permission on the grounds it was on the strategic gap between Ferring and East Preston, but the decision has now been overturned.

Ed Miller, secretary of Ferring Conservation Society, which has opposed the development, said: “It’s all part of a process of turning Littlehampton Road into a commercial street. Coming back into Goring you’ve already got the big development at Northbrook College, with 110 houses, in what was the car park.

“The inspectorate’s decision has put another brick in the wall and it will add more congestion to a road which gets worse and worse all the time.

“It’s a bad day when the policy of Arun District Council has been overturned by a Government inspector which says it has a presumption in favour of development.”

The decision was made by the Planning Inspectorate last week.

For the full story, read this week’s Worthing Herald, out from Thursday, December 27.