West Durrington 700-house proposal approved by council

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COUNCILLORS were forced to make a quick exit out the back door last night (Thursday, October 20) after plans for 700 new houses in Durrington were approved.

Fierce tempers were raised at the Worthing Council planning committee meeting held in Worthing Town Hall, which saw council members pass the Durrington Consortium project with four votes to two.

Voting for the application were councillors Bryan Turner, Clive Roberts, Nicky Waight and Carol Molineaux, while Trevor England and Hazel Thorpe voted against the proposal.

The shock decision saw one resident storm out of the room, shouting: “You don’t represent us! You represent the developers, you should be ashamed of yourselves!”

The project, planned for the land north of Fulbeck Avenue in West Durrington, will see 700 new homes being built, with potential plans for an extra 300 homes in the future.

The new development will also feature a new community centre, a multi-use games area, and nature conservation areas. Land and financial provision has also been made by the developers for a new school and medical centre.

Bryan Turner said: “I rejected the developer’s previous application because I was concerned about the environmental impact. But they have amended their plans and they seem far more suitable.”

Read the full report of the meeting in next week’s Worthing Herald (Thursday, October 27).