Fears about level crossing

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SAFETY concerns have been raised about a level crossing becoming swamped with queueing traffic if plans to build 269 homes go ahead.

Network Rail has raised doubts about major housebuilding plans for Southbourne, near Emsworth.

The authority has written to Chichester District Council about three proposed developments near two level crossings.

Regarding Seaward Properties’ 112-home plan on land south of Cooks Lane, Elliot Stamp, town planning technician for Network Rail, said: ‘Due to the narrow nature of Inlands Road, southbound traffic can become blocked leading to the creation of queues.

‘As a result, vehicles may become stuck across the level crossing, causing safety issues.’

The three proposed developments are for 112 homes off Cooks Lane, 127 homes on land north of the A259 and west of Inlands Road, and 30 homes at Loveders camping site.