The Villages Action Group (VAG) was originally formed in 2003 to fight proposals for large-scale development of greenfield sites around the villages of Aldingbourne and Westergate that were being promoted as part of the West Sussex Structure Plan. VAG fought a long and hard campaign which resulted in the Structure Plan “Area of Search” being widened to “Arun District – West of the River Arun”. This was a major achievement for the local community.
Despite this previous victory, the threat of large-scale greenfield development is certainly back.
Option 3 in the previous Local Development Framework suggested possible major development in the Six Villages area. No specific sites were ever finalised, but many possible sites were under consideration within the SHLAA. Option 1 suggested urban extensions to both Bognor and Littlehampton, with minor numbers within the 6 Villages area. Option 2 was the Eco Town at the Brownfield site of Ford Airfield. If you want more information about the way in which this apparently sensible option was eliminated from the list then visit here.
The Hallam Land proposal for Aldingbourne/Westergate (although the word Aldingbourne was never mentioned much to the fury of the locals) was shelved in 2010.
The last General Election caused the old LDF plan to be scrapped and some of us thought that we might be safe for a while from the development threat due to the economic situation etc
The new Draft Local Plan 2012 is due for Public Consultation from 19th July until 10th September. There are only 2 Options now which are different rates of house building. However there is only ONE site Option for building the 2.230 houses. That is, on top of the villages of Aldingbourne and Nyton and the settlements of Eastergate, Westergate and Barnham.
The above information is now very out of date and will be updated when the EiP is completed.