‘We can find our own housing sites’ say Westbourne residents

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A STAUNCH defence was launched once again to save a village field from development.

Westbourne villagers turned up in force at a planning inquiry yesterday to persuade a planning inspector not to allow the building of 16 homes on a field off Long Copse Lane.

Instead, the Parish Council has proposed the 25 homes are built elsewhere within the village – as allocated in Chichester District Council’s local plan.

Parish council chairman Richard Hitchcock told the inspector: ‘The parish of Westbourne is perfectly capable of finding sites for these homes without using the Long Copse Lane site.’

Developer Southcott Homes said disagreements existed between the neighbourhood plan group and the village, with barrister Paul Cairnes saying there were ‘unresolved tensions’.

But county councillor Sandra James replied to say she had been a member of three neighbourhood plans in her division and there were often tensions.

Residents have already successfully defeated a bid for 22 homes on the site and the plan for 16 was rejected a year ago.

The inquiry concludes today.