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Join us for a Rally on Sunday 19th March 2017 at 11am

Meet by the footpath behind Ivy Lane

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The Cala Homes application (AL/15/17/PL) for up to 350 homes has now been validated and have until 9th April to express our views. Please write to Arun DC and object to the application – if you go to and enter the application number you can comment online as well as viewing the plans.

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IMPORTANT -Application for land east of Westergate Street

Deadline for development doomsday!

More inappropriate and unsustainable development in the green fields east of Westergate .
Don’t miss your opportunity to comment on  this development madness…
Deadline for comments by 6/4/2017
Unsustainable on any measure, flooding, transport, local jobs, school places, Doctor’s surgery appointments and the impact on the local environment. Not to mention against the democratically approved Aldingbourne Neighbourhood Plan.

Brown fields before Greenfields!
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Monday 13th Feb 2017 – Annual General Meeting of the Villages Action Group

There will be an Annual General Meeting of the Villages Action Group on Monday 13th February  at 7.30 pm at the Westergate Methodist Church Hall in Westergate Street, Westergate.

A new Committee has to be elected. Future strategies for the VAG will be discussed.       New recruits are needed to carry on the fight to protect our area.

The official Notice is here :- agm-notice

It is important that as many of you attend as possible. Please tell your friends in case they do not see this post or the other notices that will be on the Parish Notice Boards.


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Neighbourhood Plan already under attack in Aldingbourne Parish.

There have been 2 disturbing incidents that occurred this last week in Aldingbourne Parish.

What follows is the Press Release which, hopefully, will be published next week in the Bognor Observer:-

VAG Draft Press Release
Aldingbourne Anger as Arun and developers ignore Neighbourhood Plan

Two developments in one day this week caused outrage among Aldingbourne residents who voted to approve their Neighbourhood Plan on 18th October by a massive majority of 93%: The destruction by developers of an important site for biodiversity and the granting by Arun District Council of planning consent for housing outside the settlement boundary.
On 2nd November heavy machinery began removing vegetation on land behind Orchard Gardens in Westergate, a site which had been identified in an ecological study as containing Common Lizards, a reptile species protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981. The site forms part of the biodiversity corridor to the East of Westergate on which a planning application for 57 homes has just been lodged with Arun District Council. Another application for 350 houses by Cala Homes on adjacent land in the biodiversity corridor is also expected.
On 2nd November an application for 8 homes at Barnside in Hook Lane was approved by Arun’s Development Control Committee following a recommendation from Planning Officers who noted that it contravenes the approved Aldingbourne Neighbourhood Plan. The reason given was a shortfall in District Housing Land Supply and rising Objectively Assessed Need (OAN) for housing.
After four years work two developers have just ridden roughshod over the wishes of the whole parish in one day!.
The Barnside development may only be 8 houses but it represents the thin end of the wedge: The site is outside the settlement boundary and on those grounds alone Arun District Council should not have approved it. However, it also contravenes other policies in the Neighbourhood Plan. 8 houses makes little impact on the District’s housing supply. The decision is completely at odds with a recent decision by the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which upheld the made Yapton Neighbourhood Plan over an application for 100 houses. Council planning officers claimed to have legal advice about whether that applied, which they outlined at the Committee but have since refused to share with us, and the vote was split, with a casting vote by Committee Chairman Cllr Mrs MacConachie in favour. We are hoping Aldingbourne Parish Council will seek judicial review, because it looks as though Arun has acted outside its powers.
The wildlife significance of the site at Orchard Gardens was widely known thanks to all the publicity for the Neighbourhood Plan, so the landowners cannot claim they did not know that bringing heavy equipment on site would damage it. When neighbours saw what was happening they promptly reported it to Arun District Council. A Parish Council representative warned the landowner’s contractors they risked prosecution if they didn’t stop, and Arun made a site visit on the 3rd. We hope the authorities will now take the strongest possible stance in order to send a sign to other developers that damage to wildlife and habitats will not be tolerated anywhere.
The Government is honouring the relatively small majority vote in the Brexit referendum and people feel very strongly that their clear 93% majority vote for the Neighbourhood Plan should be equally respected by both Arun District Council and by developers.
A spokesperson for Aldingbourne Parish Council confirmed that the Aldingbourne Neighbourhood Plan represents approved planning policy but said they could not comment on the Orchard Garden’s site as the matter was now in the hands of the police. They confirmed legal advice was being considered in relation to the approval of the Barnside development.

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Great Result for Aldingbourne’s Referendum

The result of the Referendum for Aldingbourne’s Neighbourhood Development Plan is now in.

It was a resounding “YES” for the Plan with  93 % of the Votes in support of the Plan.  This is a very positive result and shows almost unanimous support for the Neighbourhood Plan from the residents of Aldingbourne Parish.  The turnout was 24% which sounds low but it is par for the course for this type of election. So we should not worry too much about that, although it would have been a pleasant surprise if it was larger.

The full result was as follows :-        674 – “Yes”             47 –  “No”

Many thanks to those of you who took the trouble to go to the Polling Station and cast your vote. Your votes really did count in this election.   The next important stage in the process will be for the Plan to be “Made”, which means ratified by the Full Council at Arun Civic Centre. This will happen on 9th November 2016.  When this phase is completed the Aldingbourne Neighbourhood Plan will have Legal Status.

Once again, thank you to those who voted YES, because you have made it possible for Aldingbourne Parish to have a fully prepared and Legal Neighbourhood Plan.

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VOTE ” YES ” in the REFERENDUM on Aldingbourne’s Neighbourhood Plan

The Aldingbourne Neighbourhood Development Plan (ANDP) is going to REFERENDUM on 18th October 2016.

The POLLING STATION will be at the WESTERGATE METHODIST HALL  in Westergate Street.   Open from     7.00 a.m.  until  10.00 p.m.

It is very important to understand what this vote is for.  It is to give LEGAL STATUS to the Aldingbourne Neighbourhood Development Plan for the next   TWENTY  YEARS. 

This Plan has been produced by Parish volunteers over a total period of 6 Years and represents hundreds of hours of work plus several Thousand £ s of Parish funds. It is designed to control the way the Parish develops in the future and seeks to protect our valuable natural resources and wildlife and control excessive and damaging development. Some development will be permitted over that time period but it will have to conform to the fairly strict forms defined in the ANDP.   The ANDP is the BEST chance that the residents of Aldingbourne Parish have for protecting the character of the Parish into the future.  For this reason the VAG advises that everyone should VOTE  ” YES ”   to the Neighbourhood Plan. The alternative would result in no Plan at all and there could then be no protection at all.

Please note that this is NOT the Arun Local Plan for which there is no right to vote for or against. You must accept whatever Arun comes up with.

To make sure that the Aldingbourne Neighbourhood Plan acquires real LEGAL STATUS it is vitally important that there is a YES Vote of 50 % or more.  So, it is up to you to go out and VOTE and tell everyone you know how important it is that they do the same.  REMEMBER – Please VOTE  ” YES ”  if you want the best protection possible for this Parish for the future.

The following link is to a Press Release from Aldingbourne Parish Council:-  aldingbourne-parish-%c2%ad-press-release

The Final Version of the Aldingbourne Neighbourhood Plan can be downloaded here :-    reg_15_submission_plan_with_examiners_changes_september_2016

Addendum to this Post :-

I have just received a suggestion from a reader of this site that it would be a great help if those of you who are able and have transport, could contact anyone you know who may have difficulty getting to the Polling Station for whatever reason, and offer them a lift in your car.  This would be very helpful indeed and would be an effective way to do your ‘bit’ towards supporting the whole process of voting through the Aldingbourne  Neighbourhood Plan.

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