|Satellite photo of the land at Fontwell by Dandara.|
The news that the Secretary of State has approved the planning application for 400 homes at Fontwell came as a big shock, also the application by Renaissance Homes to apply for 45 retirement homes in Fitzalan Road, Arundel adds to the torrent of developers trying to build new homes.
In the last article I explained about Arun’s position regarding the Local Plan, because Arun only has less than 2 years land supply (Eg Sites with permission awaiting development) it makes defending against unwanted applications virtually impossible.
Arun should have secured the Local Plan back in 2009/2010 but the Cabinet Member at the time (Ricky Bower) delayed, hoping to get a Conservative Government in place to reduce house building numbers,
I met with Renaissance, along with the Mayor Angela Standing and fellow Councillor Robert Wheal, the developers are very aware of Aruns Predicament and are confident that they will get the application through. To be fair to them they have reduced the number of homes that they were going to build and have taken a floor off the building as well as designing a more easy on the eye design.
They are giving £0.5M towards affordable housing and I asked if that could be ring fenced within the Parish of Arundel or close proximity? The Developers have said that they will ask Arun to do that, but it’s down to Arun to make the final decision and something I will lobby the council to do.
Although Renaissance Homes have moved some way on the design and taken on board some of the wishes of residents, I made it clear that based on the current design and proposals that I would object as Ward Councillor to the application (Of course I have to give the assurance that I will keep an open mind if any new evidence comes along, to ensure that I am not ruled to have be predetermined when it comes to a vote),
By the time you read this the options for the Bypass will have been published, I understand there are three, a version of the Pink Blue, A Binstead option and an Online option.
You know my thoughts, I think the online version will ultimately mean a dual carriageway through the middle of Arundel, but it’s really important that you give your views to Highways England. Also I want the Town Council to hold a public meeting to air the issues, I think it’s important that they organise it and not SCATE.
Until next month, Paul Dendle is Ward Councillor for Arundel & Walberton Ward his website address is www.arundel.pauldendle.net and email is email@example.com