West Durrington development plan to be heard by sub-committee

OUTLINE plans for the giant West Durrington development are being submitted for approval by Worthing Borough Council’s development control sub-committee on Thursday, October 20.

Because of intense public interest in the controversial scheme, the 6pm meeting will be held in the larger-capacity Gordon Room at Worthing Town Hall, and not the council chamber as previously stated.

And the developers, West Durrington Consortium, have sent a newsletter to local residents in response to concerns raised by the Don’t Over-Develop Durrington (DODD) campaign group.

The consortium’s members – Taylor Wimpey, Heron, and Persimmon – say they have welcomed the feedback provided on its proposals over the last few years and, as a direct result of community comments, had made substantial amendments to its proposals.

Consortium representative Chris Irwin said: “We have always been committed to community engagement, and having become aware of apparent misunderstandings that have been circulating, we wanted to take the opportunity to openly and directly respond to concerns being raised.”

Opponents of the giant scheme have succeeded in preventing development of ancient woodland by opposing an access point onto or development of fields closest to Titnore Lane, and the development’s original size has been reduced from 875 homes to 700,

But the objectors are still opposing the scheme on the grounds it would obliterate virgin farmland and impose too much of a burden on the local infrastructure and transport capabilities.

The consortium says the key features of its new proposals are:

- Up to 700 houses, with an emphasis on family homes, with 30 per cent affordable housing.

- New school facilities.

- Off-site swimming pool facilities.

- Medical centre facilities and library provisions.

- Off-site all-weather playing pitch.

- No new road crossings either through ancient woodland or on to Titnore Lane.

- Extension of existing bus services.

Details of the planning application can be found on www.worthing.gov.uk or call 01903 221073.