Friday, 25 August 2017

Over Development- Sussex Local report for September

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 cllr.paul.dendle@arun.gov.uk

Thursday, 24 August 2017

Momentous decision Letter to Littlehampton Gazzette 24.8.17

(The Editor)
Littlehampton Gazette

17th August 2017

Dear Editor

Re:  Momentous Decision for the A27 Arundel Bypass

I am writing this letter before the options are known,

Arundel desperately needs an offline bypass to take traffic away from the town and allow  drivers to navigate and get about their business without the constant inconvenience of the Arundel log jam.

This is an issue not just for Arundel, but for Littlehampton and Bognor Regis residents,  the economic future of the towns is reliant on a efficient road and rail system.

It's extremely important that the silent majority comes forward and gives their views, many anti road protestors are trying to hijack the debate pushing a narrow environmental argument,

But there is nothing green in hundreds of cars queuing and polluting the air of towns like Arundel, Storrington, there is nothing green with our villages and towns being plagued by rat runners.

This is an quality of life issue, places like Newbury are much better places now because they had a by-pass built,  which was opposed by the likes of Swampy.  So please give your views and do not be put off by the half truths of arguments being put forward by groups like SCATE.

Yours Sincerely

Cllr. Paul Dendle
Arundel & Walberton Ward

Member Arun District Council

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

A27 Arundel By-Pass Options

Well the day has come, three options on the table for a Arundel Bypass, all go through the South Downs National Park!

Option 1  (purple route as was known)  but now a Dual Carriageway through the middle of Arundel, how can anyone want this?

Option 3  (Pink Blue Route) Through Tortington Common, cutting through the re-planted conifers Major junctions at each end with flyovers and roundabouts, no junction at Ford road, just a bridge across Ford Road, with Ford Road still open to Ford and Climping.

Option 5a  (Binsted Route)  99.99% of all people don't want this route, it's a non runner and would destroy Binsted village, so a firm NO from me on this,

My preferred option is option 3, but that's my opinion, you have a chance to give yours, please do not let the noisier protagonists grab the news agenda, give your views and hopefully the silent majority will prevail! 

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