Plans for hundreds of homes is sent to council planners

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A BID to build hundreds of new homes in Southbourne has been re-submitted for approval.

Seaward Properties wants to develop land north of Main Road and Loveders Caravan Park, amounting to five and a half hectares of land.

It follows an extensive period of correspondence between the company and Southbourne Parish Council.

More than a thousand residents have been engaged in the process.

Parish councillor Jonathan Brown said: The Loveders site is in included in our Neighbourhood Plan, and is chosen because of those sites available, it was one we felt would have among the least impact.

‘The feedback we received from the residents led us to draw up a number of long term community goals.

‘It gives us the opportunity to think strategically.

‘We can be ambitious but we must also be realistic.’

The previous three applications from Seaward - all now withdrawn - were objected to by some of those living nearby.

Steve Culpitt, the company’s land and planning director, said: ‘We are excited by the prospect of moving forward with our proposals, which not only include much-needed homes, but also the chance to continue Southbourne Parish Council’s proposed ‘green ring’ through the village.’

The ‘green ring,’ just one of the long-term goals proposed by the parish council, will consist of allotments, recreational areas and footpaths.

Between this year and 2029, Chichester District Council says it is aiming to construct 3,000 houses between Emsworth and Selsey, and between the south coast and the South Downs National Park.

It is believed Southbourne will accommodate around 350 of these new homes.

If the community votes for the plan to go ahead, 157 one to four bedroom houses will be built before winter next year.

A proportion of these new builds will be affordable housing.

Mr Brown explained: ‘Through our Neighbourhood Plan, we have done our best to ensure that the parish will benefit as much as possible from the development.

‘We will have to study the latest application very closely before we can say whether or not their proposals cause us any concerns.’

Seaward Properties is currently involved in the regeneration of Chichester city centre.