‘Desperation over Westbourne development plans

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THE government’s planning inspector has agreed that a new rural estate can be built – despite villagers’ protests.

Long Copse Lane in Westbourne has long been the subject of controversy after developer Southcott Homes put in an application for 22 new homes back in 2013.

That was rejected by Chichester District Council, as were new plans for a smaller 16-home estate.

But that decision has been overturned by the planning inspector following a heated appeal hearing in October this year.

Richard Hitchcock, chairman of Westbourne Parish Council, said he was extremely disappointed with the decision and felt it undermined the Neighbourhood Plan.

He said: ‘The large number of objections reveals the desperation and concern that parishioners have felt to maintain the unique and prized character of Westbourne.’