Government will decide the future of West Sussex field

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THE future of a village green space hangs in the balance as an inspector decides the outcome of a planning inquiry.

A 22-home development has been proposed for a field off Long Copse Lane, in Westbourne, near Emsworth.

Initially refused earlier this year, the decision by Chichester District Council was subject to an appeal by Southcott Homes, which finished on Thursday.

Campaigners say the space is one of the village’s last remaining ‘green lungs’.

More than 70 signs were put up in the village to protest against the plans.

Residents hired a lawyer to represent them at the inquiry.

A decision will be made by the government planning inspectorate in due course.

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