IT’S a small, close-knit village with fewer than 900 homes.
But one homeowner, frustrated at the amount of development going on, has put up a signpost telling people exactly what he thinks is going wrong with Westbourne.
Jesse Grant, a retired builder, is horrified that after more than 200 homes were built at Hampshire Farm, behind his home in Long Copse Lane, he may have even more development in the field next door.
Southcott Homes has submitted a planning application for 22 new properties which Mr Grant, 69, says is totally unsuitable.
To make his views clear he has put up a 7ft signpost detailing all the reasons why it should not go there.
He said: ‘To be honest, I’m at the end of my tether. How can they consider putting homes in that field?
‘We’ve got the new Hampshire Farm estate 100 yards off my back yard and that has already made an impact on the village – and only a handful of houses have gone up. Westbourne at the moment – especially North Street – is chock-a-block. An ambulance couldn’t get through last week.
‘I know there is housing needed but there are far more suitable sites than this.’
Mr Grant was a builder before he retired and sees the irony in calling for a halt to development in the village.
But he said: ‘I never, ever built on greenfield sites. It was always one or two properties at infill sites.’
His sign has several fingerposts, including some with the words ‘River Full’, ‘Road Congestion’ and ‘No Parking’.
Last week the village was on flood alert and received a call from the Environment Agency urging residents to take precautions.
More than 200 people turned up at a meeting to discuss the application.
Residents have until February 26 to make representations to Chichester District Council.
Val Owen, chairman of Westbourne Parish Council, said the planning committee would not be discussing the application until March which is when members will decide whether to support it or not.
Agent Neame Sutton did not respond to calls from The News.