Anger over two proposed Ferring developments

The combined size of the two schemes would be similar to the total imprint of the Asda superstore on the A259  W28501h12
The combined size of the two schemes would be similar to the total imprint of the Asda superstore on the A259 W28501h12

Councillors and an environmental group are angry about two schemes which would see development on the “strategic gap” on the busy A259.

Earlier this year, Ferring residents voiced their concerns over the building of the Asda superstore on the road, which finally opened on Monday.

And now, two more proposals – one for a 40-home scheme on Grenyer’s Field and another for a car showroom on the greenfield site at Roundstone Farm – could see the green space reduced even further.

Last week, a two-day planning inquiry into the 40-homes scheme was held in Littlehampton. It was called for by the proposed developer, Mr R.E.J. Ransom, after Arun District Council refused the plan for terraced homes in February.

The inspector is due to release his decision next month.

District councillor for Ferring Roger Elkins spoke against the proposal at the inquiry. He had urged the council to hire a barrister and planning consultant to help the council at the inquiry, such was the level of concern.

He said: “The outcome of this could have significant implications for open space and strategic gaps in places like Ferring and East Preston, if this were allowed.”

Mr Elkins sited the loss of trees, the housing not being in character with the type traditional to Ferring and the increase of traffic on the already overstretched A259 as the main problems.

Meanwhile, Ed Miller, of Ferring Conservation Group, urged residents to object to Chandlers Worthing’s plan to move from Water Lane, Angmering to land at Roundstone Farm.