Chichester village residents protest with scaffold tower

Angry Residents Erect Scaffolding To Illustrate Scale Of
Development Plans

Residents from the village of Westbourne have
mounted a fresh campaign against a housing development planned for
a field used for grazing for more than one hundred years. Villagers
successfully fought off a proposal for 22 homes on Long Copse Lane
in May this year. Now the developers have raised an appeal against
Chichester District Council’s planning permission refusal.

Residents Erect Protest Scaffolding

In response to the appeal, anonymous residents have mounted a new
protest by erecting their own DIY
scaffolding tower
. Instead of offering a platform for working
at height, this block of scaffolding serves to illustrate the scale
and visual impact of the proposed development. Andy Williams,
a resident of Westbourne said the campaign against the development
had ‘an overwhelming level of support from villagers.’

Besides the visual impact the construction would cause to the
village’s landscape, residents have also raised concerns over the
risk of local flooding, increased traffic on the area’s roads, and
the impact on the local school and doctors’ surgeries.

Village Surrounded By Fresh Developments

The new proposal represents the final straw for residents, who
have seen their village surrounded by development projects. On the
south side of the village, 280 homes are being built between Emsworth and Westbourne, site of
the former Hampshire Farm. In
addition to this, a further 200 homes are being built on a new
estate in Devilles, Havant, and a smaller development is underway
at Oak Tree Drive. A fresh proposal has recently been made for a
further 350 homes to be built where the village borders with
Southbourne.

Long Copse Lane Plans Under Review

The planning application for Long Copse Lane was originally refused
on the basis that it failed to provide the correct mix of
affordable and market housing, and that the buildings would extend
the village too far out into the surrounding rural area. A
government inspector is now reviewing the appeal and will make a
final decision shortly. 

Developer Defends His Position 

Andrew Southcott, owner of Southcott Homes Limited, the
development firm behind the bid, defended his position, stating
that he was a local firm, using local contractors, to address a
local housing shortage. Of the proposed 22 new homes, nine will be
marked for affordable housing.

The firm removed the scaffolding shortly after it was erected.