Inquiry is told homes are needed in Hambrook

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A LOCAL authority was accused of failing to provide adequate housing for its residents by a developer seeking 120 homes.

However, a barrister for Chichester District Council immediately hit back at Sunley Estates’ accusation, labelling it an ‘unfair and incorrect submission’.

The exchange came in a four-day planning inquiry into the proposal to build 120 homes on land east of Broad Road, at Hambrook, near Emsworth.

Sunley Estates’ barrister Sasha White QC said: ‘The truth is that the planning system is woefully failing to provide the houses which we need.’

The developer has appealed Chichester District Council’s decision last December to refuse the development.

The 22-acre site would also have a shop, sports pavilion, tennis courts, a football pitch, cricket nets, children’s play area and public open space.

The council’s barrister, Gwion Lewis, said the authority had made a ‘very considerable effort’ to promote a local neighbourhood plan.