MP calls on plan to be rejected

Arundel and South Downs MP Nick Herbert has urged Arun district councillors to reject ‘unsustainable’ housing plans in the area.

Arundel and South Downs MP Nick Herbert
Arundel and South Downs MP Nick Herbert

In a letter written to the councillors before a meeting yesterday (Wednesday January 8), Mr Herbert called on plans to build hundreds of homes to be rejected.

He wrote: “I strongly urge the council to reject the higher housing number of 580 a year and the ‘strategic’ housing allocations at Angmering and Barnham/Eastergate.”

Mr Herbert also said councillors will ‘face a crucial test’ as the application is considered.

He said: “We all understand the need for new housing, especially affordable homes, and under any of the scenarios a substantial level of housing will be provided. However, this number must be sustainable.

“You face a crucial test this week. I very much hope that the council will exercise its powers under the Localism Act, set a sustainable housing number for the district, and reject damaging proposals that would destroy our villages.”

He added: “Furthermore, if the council endorses the housing numbers and strategic allocations as proposed by the sub-committee, I believe that the plan will be judged to be flawed. I regret that I would have to object to it formally.”

Mr Herbert said hundreds of new homes would put greater pressure on infrastructure and destroy the green gaps between villages.