Tuesday, 31 July 2012

My August Sussex Local article - Localism and the Arundel Neighbourhood Plan

A new home in Littlehampton

Localism and the Arundel Neighbourhood Plan, what sort of town do you want, how do you want Arundel to develop? The Coalition government is advanced in its plans to delegate powers to Arun District Council and Arundel Town Council.

The Town Council has been given a £20,000 grant by the government and is busy preparing a Neighbourhood plan and is consulting on what should go into this plan and what matters to the town. 
 This document will be important for the future development of Arundel and the powers it gives the town council to decide what should happen.  Your views are important and you should all have your say in what you want for Arundel.

Other Parishes are doing much the same; in fact 18 parishes in Arun have started Neighbourhood plans which are one of the highest numbers in the country.
The District is close to completing is Local Plan (LDF) and is committed to building 400* houses a year for the next 15 years, most of these houses will either be in Bersted (North Bognor Regis) or be to the north of Littlehampton which is close to Lyminster, and some of this development will pay for the Lyminster By-Pass.

The plans for the Lyminster by-pass can be seen on my new web site www.pauldendle.org, this will link to a road bridge over the railway and a new link road into the centre of Littlehampton (coming out by the roundabout at the Police Station).
All change is unsettling, but one change we need for the economic vitality of the District is the Arundel By-Pass, as confirmed in earlier columns, Arun, West Sussex and Horsham Councils are funding a report for the economic argument for the by-pass, once this is completed, this will be the tool to argue the economic case for the By-Pass.

  I am working behind the scenes to ensure we do not get development that will be damaging to the town and I will fight to maintain its special character and push for positive change.  Until next month, please keep updated via my web site www.pauldendle.org  email Pauldendle@aol.com 

*In the consultation document we have the 400 houses that we agreed at Council but we also have to show another option of 565 as detailed in the SE Plan as that hasn't been revoked yet.

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