Outcry at fresh plan for homes

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DEVELOPERS are back with a new plan to build homes in Westbourne – just months after losing an appeal.

Residents rejoiced last December after Southcott Homes’ attempt to build 22 homes on a field off Long Copse Lane was thwarted by a planning inspector, following an earlier refusal by Chichester District Council.

But the firm has not given up and has entered another application – this time with the number of homes reduced to 16.

Residents have reacted angrily, with nearly 100 people writing letters of objection to the council.

Ian Cross, of Monks Hill, Westbourne, said: ‘Apparently a developer can be refused planning permission, lose an appeal against that decision and then a few months later submit a new planning application pretty well identical and a few inches lower in roof height.’