Fight against Patching mobile home

AFTER unsuccessfully opposing plans involving a gipsy caravan in the village, Patching Parish Council is fighting another application – this time relating to a showman’s mobile home.

The new application, due to go before a meeting of Arun District Council’s planning committee on Wednesday (June 27), seeks permission to site the showman’s caravan on an old, unused part of Tarmac road, north of Water Lane.

Patching Parish Council says this would have a materially adverse effect on the National Park, it would adversely affect the character of the area, and would conflict with local planning policies.

But Arun council’s officers are recommending approval of the application, mainly because of the unavailability of other sites for housing travelling showpeople.

The approval would be on condition that not more than one mobile home be allowed on the site, and it should be occupied only by a travelling showman and his family.

Earlier this year, Arun council approved the siting of a large storage container next to a gipsy caravan in Selden Lane, Patching.

This application also was opposed by the parish council, which said the renaming of the caravan to Wychway Farm pointed to a long-term stay.