Sompting seeks more time to fight housing

The public meeting in Sompting to discuss Adur Local Plan
The public meeting in Sompting to discuss Adur Local Plan

SOMPTING needs more time to fight plans to build 480 houses on greenfield land, it emerged on Saturday.

Almost 200 concerned residents squeezed into the hall at Sompting Village Primary School to discuss the controversial Adur Local Plan at a meeting chaired by Tim Loughton.

The MP for East Worthing and Shoreham said that as a result of concerns raised at the meeting, he had officially requested extra time for residents to have their say.

Mr Loughton said: “I have approached the council leader and head of planning this morning for a small extension of a couple of weeks on the consultation.”

He said a few people had mentioned at the meeting that more time was needed, adding that of the 200 people who attended, only 20 or so had filled in official response forms.

“Hopefully the meeting has jogged them into action,” he said.

The extra time, if agreed, will allow the parish council to discuss the plan at their next meeting, and to act upon any decisions taken.

The meeting itself was well attended. Mr Loughton said: “It was a really good meeting. We had about 200 people there. It was the biggest public meeting in Sompting for many, many years.”

He said almost everyone present was against the Adur Local Plan, which will play a key role in the future development of the village.

Some of the main concerns raised were about transport and infrastructure.

Mr Loughton said the traffic situation in the village was already ‘a nightmare’.

Roger Sharman, of Ullswater Road, Sompting, is a member of the group Friends of Cokeham Reed Beds He said: “We can’t see why every Sompting resident isn’t against it.”

Roger said he was concerned the housing would impact on local wildlife, and that not enough people knew about the plans.

“The council hasn’t done a very good job of informing the public about what’s going on,” he said.

Roger said he had delivered 125 leaflets to nearby houses but none of the occupants had heard of the plans.

There will be a meeting tonight (Thursday) to discuss the Lancing housing plans at Lancing Parish Hall, South Street, Lancing, at 6.30pm.