Controversial bid for 13 new Lancing homes by A27 thrown out

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COUNCILLORS were applauded as they turned down a controversial housing scheme on Monday, January 9.

Members of Adur District Council’s planning committee unanimously voted to refuse the plan for Old Shoreham Road, Lancing.

Developers wanted to demolish numbers 4 and 6 to make way for nine flats, in two, three-storey blocks, and four semi-detached houses.

However, residents living in the area turned out in force at Monday night’s planning committee meeting to object to the scheme.

They said it was a massive overdevelopment and would increase accidents at the busy A27 junction.

The proposed site sits just before the Lancing Manor roundabout.

Although the application included a new service road it would still require a U-turn, described as “lethal” by residents, to get on to the A27.

Objector Bill Freeman said: “Whether it is 30 extra car movements, or even just one, it is a really dangerous manoeuvre.

“There is also a pedestrian crossing literally a few metres away with children, parents and dog walkers crossing.”

A previous application for the site was turned down last year, with one of the reasons being a Highways Agency objection over access to and from the A27.

Councillors questioned why the Highways Agency objected to previous applications but raised no objections to the new plan.

“It is interesting that it includes a £15,500 contribution to the highways people,” said Mike Mendoza, sitting on the committee. “The developer himself mentioned how much they were putting into the area.”

Developers said the new scheme included closing an access road leading straight on to the roundabout and road improvement schemes.

In total, more than 30 objections were received by the council.