Highway concerns and problems with the Cala Homes application. Please include these valid points in your objections.
If you have already submitted an objection send the following in as a supplementary objection.
Deadline for objections extended to 20th April 2017
- Traffic travelling north along the A29 is met with a left-hand bend, which limits line of sight immediately before the proposed new junction. The forward visibility to offside primary signal at 60 meters is significantly less than Highways standards of 90 metre for new junctions. A traffic light at this point would cause traffic to also back-up south towards the railway crossing and vehicles travelling north round this blind bend would often find stationary traffic in their path and have little distance remaining to stop their vehicle. Cala Homes are requesting that an exception be made to Highway Authority standards to allow this dangerous junction to be built on the grounds that signal control is being installed at an existing junction in a constrained urban area. This is not an existing junction. Cala Homes propose to create this junction by building a new road to join the A29 to what is an extension of Pine Close. Also the A29 at Westergate Street passes through a built-up area and is a very busy major road with a high density of traffic so it should not be considered as a quiet constrained urban road where relaxation of standards would not create additional safety risks.
- Westergate Street is a major road with a high density of traffic and is used by heavy vehicles and cyclists so the planned lane widths at the junction of 3 metre and 3.3 metre (Sight Access General Arrangement, drawing 3258/GA/002) is significantly less than Highways standards of 4 metre for new junctions and therefore presents a safety issue particularly for cyclists.
- Space for right turners to wait at the junction is limited to one car and road widths are such that a second car or a heavy vehicle wanting to turn right would block straight-ahead traffic. It is suggested that there is insufficient space available at this location for the design of a safe and efficient 4-way traffic light controlled junction.
- As there are no provisions for a separate site entrance all construction traffic will have to use this junction to enter the site. This means that heavy vehicles, some of which will have abnormal loads, the delivery of heavy machinery, removing spoil, delivering construction components and making material deliveries will also have to use this traffic light controlled junction creating even more congestion and safety concerns.
- All 350 proposed homes will enter/exit the estate using only one road. The present houses on this road have limited off-road parking resulting in residents and their visitors parking on the road at a point very close to the proposed new junction. Also at this same point the road is crossed by a well used public footpath and during peak times many footpath users are children travelling by foot or bicycle to Eastergate Primary School, Ormiston Six Villages Academy and to Aldingbourne Primary School. The Cala Homes plan also proposes to reroute traffic from Swan Court/Pine Close to this same point. It is suggested that a change of access for Swan Court/Pine Close would only add to the congestion at this point and that there is a serious hazard to footpath users attempting to cross the road.
- There is a major error on the submitted Sight Access General Arrangement, drawing 3258/GA/002. The principle access road to the new estate is not 6.5 metres. The existing road, which is sandwiched between a public footpath and some new houses, is only 6 metres in width. The implication of this is that claims by Cala Homes that the principle access road to their estate from Westergate Street could be used in the future for a scheduled bus service is not true as the Highway Authority requires a carriageway significantly wider than 6 metres for a bus route. Also the Cala Homes suggestion that the principle access road to their estate could form part of a future major route east appears unlikely when the road width is only 6 metres and is further restricted by on-road parking by existing residents.
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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 http://www.arun.gov.uk/weekly-lists and enter the application number you can comment online as well as viewing the plans.
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!
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.
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.