The four largest community societies listed below urge all residents to
object to the
development proposals at West Durrington. We list 10 reasons which cause us
If you wish you can copy and paste this message and Email it to firstname.lastname@example.org to Planning
Department, WBC, with your name and address, and signing it.
If you would
like you can get a paper copy by ringing Richard Waller on 01903-248782 and
leaving your address on the answering machine.
Or just print this page and attach it to your letter to Planning Department.
Many thanks for supporting us in this opposition.
Goring Residents’ Association
Ilex Conservation Group
Goring Gap Preservation Trust
Mr M Bleakley
Head of Planning
Worthing Borough Council
Portland House, Richmond Road
Worthing BN11 1LF
Dear Mr Bleakley
WB/01/01010/OUT – West Durrington Development
We object to the above development on the following reasons:
- The siting of the proposed business park is entirely out of place, in the
middle of attractive countryside, and a bad precedent to other developers.
- The proposed business park will be a physical barrier for the wildlife,
and be a visual intrusion to the views from Highdown looking North to an
AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty), and from Patching looking South.
- The proposed path and cycle track across the land south of Castle Goring,
between the business park and the proposed new housing will lead to
wholesale damage to the large stand of oaks.
- Titnore Lane should not be widened with the loss of up to 503 standard
trees, all of which have Tree Protection Orders, in a SNCI (Site of Natural
Conservation Importance). The character of the lane will be completely
changed, and the road will become just another fast road.
- We object to the use of the West Durrington land for housing. As with the
business park it will cause severe ecological change, and a visual
- There will be threat to wildlife and scarce birds and the loss of good
- 75 important trees, 80 clumps of hazel, and 550 metres of hedgerow will
be lost. Only about 50% of trees replaced with new planting will survive
vandalism, and in any case would take many years to mature.
- There will be increased traffic because the proposed site is a long way
from anywhere, and local facilities are never going to satisfy all the local
needs for education, shopping and leisure.
- It seems likely that the money set aside for social and community
facilities will be used in other parts of Worthing. This would be
unfortunate since already the local needs are very pressing.
- Because of the abnormally high water table which caused such problems
last winter, the plans for surface water drainage are inadequate to prevent
flooding downstream of the site. We note that 20 pumps operated from
December to March last winter, and there was still discharge of untreated
water into the Rife.
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