Residents rally against plan for 1,000-home development

W48601H13''Keep the Gap petition at Portland House on Thursday evening Jemima Bland and Doris Martin with the petition
W48601H13''Keep the Gap petition at Portland House on Thursday evening Jemima Bland and Doris Martin with the petition

HUNDREDS of residents rallied against controversial plans to build more than 1,000 homes across Lancing and Sompting by backing a petition which was handed to the council on Thursday.

The 378-signature document was presented to Adur District Council by a group of Liberal Democrat Party members on the final day of the public consultation.

Jemima Bland, parliamentary Liberal Democrat candidate for East Worthing and Shoreham said: “One of the extraordinary things about this petition has been the number of people who have wanted to add detailed comments as well as their signature.

“There is deeply felt opposition to these ill-conceived developments.”

Lancing parish councillor Doris Martin said: “I’ve spent hours on doorsteps in the Mash Barn area of Lancing collecting signatures and I’ve never known such universal opposition to a plan.”

The draft Adur Local Plan has been produced by the council under Government pressure to provide land for housing.

It has been met with fierce opposition from many local residents and groups.

Chairman of Cokeham Liberal Democrats Kay Vincent said: “Our local roads are already overloaded, so building 480 houses in west Sompting will make existing traffic even worse.

“To me it is also just common sense that building houses on flood plains is a mad idea.

“I really do hope the council alter their plans.”

Secretary of Lancing Manor South East Residents Association Bill Freeman thanked Jemima Bland and the Liberal Democrats for their support.

He said: “The 378 signatures in themselves should create enough concern to show the crassness of the flood plain developments and the A27 roundabout proposals to persuade Adur to go back to the drawing board and work harder to find other ways to achieve the housing targets.

“Our district authority, its elected members and officers, must listen to its ratepayers and make the right decision to safeguard the wellbeing of the whole community from the increased risk of flooding and serious decline of road infrastructure because of elements in the current plan, amongst the many other concerns.”

More information on the details of the Revised Draft Adur Local Plan can be found online at www.adur-worthing.gov.uk/adur-local-plan-consultation