‘Ferring is full’ message to developers

FERRING is full up! That’s the village’s response to developers who want to build a total of up to 80 homes on two greenfield sites south of the A259.

Parish council chairman Carole Robertson said: “The school is full, the doctors’ surgery is fully subscribed and there are no jobs in the village, anyway.

“Ferring is just full to bursting.”

Grenyer’s Field, just east of the presently-vacant Country Fayre garden centre site, is the subject of an outline application to build up to 40 homes (30 per cent affordable).

The outline application is with Arun District Council.

Mrs Robertson said: “It is in our strategic gap between Ferring and Kingston.

“We have fought hard to keep that, and Kingston are fully supportive.

“The gap is the cornerstone of our own strategic plan for Ferring, which we are feeding into the new Arun Local Plan.”

A total of 39 homes is planned for Jenkins’ Yard, a scrubland site further south of the A259, and designated as prime agricultural land and part of the strategic gap.

The scheme was originally rejected by the district council, and was further dismissed on appeal.

But the applicants went to the High Court and asked, successfully, for a judicial review over a technicality in the inspector’s ruling.

Another appeal hearing took place in Littlehampton last week, and the result is awaited.

Mrs Robertson said: “The developers in both cases say the need for homes in Ferring, including social housing, means these schemes should go ahead.

“But, currently, there are two people in Ferring on the homes waiting list, and it is proposed to build all these properties.”