Updated 18 August 2014.
Don't Over Develop Durrington!
The Campaign to save Durrington's Greenbelt
the next six years up to 700 houses could be built on the farmland to the
north and west of Tesco in West Durrington. If allowed this would massively
increase the population of Durrington yet with only a minimum of extra
facilities, assuming there is money for them!.
Full details about the development are available at the council offices and main Library both in Richmond Road. They are also on the council's website if you follow this link: http://planning.adur-worthing.gov.uk/online-applications/ and type in the box West Durrington Development.
However due to the complexity and large number of documents it will be a daunting task for many of us to get to grips with, but from what has been read so far the developers have tried to reassure us they are able to deal with problems such as:
The risk of flooding in parts of Northbrook, Goring Green and Ferring see: http://bit.ly/ikA3cP
The increase in traffic on local roads
The ability of Southern Water to maintain the water supply
Concerns that the sewer system couldn't cope.
The visual impact on the setting of the National Park and ancient woods.
Blight on properties adjacent to the construction site.
Issues over the use of residential roads by construction traffic.
Noise, dust and fumes during the 6 years of construction.
The lack of school places.
Frankly we are not convinced by the developers' confidence and we now hear that some residents' have raised these further issues:
As the coalition government is promising to “radically reform the planning system to give neighbourhoods much greater ability to determine the shape of the places in which their inhabitants live” via the Localism Bill, it follows a large development such as the one planned for West Durrington, should in all fairness, not be determined until the Bill passes through Parliament. See: http://www.communities.gov.uk/documents/localgovernment/pdf/1923416.pdf
The Worthing local plan puts strong emphasis on protecting the countryside and strategic gaps around Worthing. Although the West Durrington Development site is within the Built Up Area Boundary (BUAB) useful campaign information can be found here: http://bit.ly/nCjfPF
As the former St Barnabas Hospice, Norwich Union and the various Northbrook collage sites become available, these 'Brownfield' sites should be built on before the Durrington greenbelt.
note: This application is due to come before the council planning
committee very soon, so if you have concerns they must be put in writing now. Address
any letter or email to:
Planning and Building Control
Worthing Borough Council
You can also send it by email to:
Quoting References: AWDM/0661/14. AWDM/0663/14. AWDM/0603/14 and AWDM/0569/14. Also adding your name and address.
Point to note: As the same comments can be used for all four applications it is ideal to copy and paste a master letter onto four separate emails. Also don’t just address each letter/e-mail as Mrs and Mrs, send 2 separate letters one as Mr the other as Mrs. The more mail they get more notice they take. Also remember other members of the family and also friends - get everyone to write in! ( If you would like a sample letter, have any suggestions, want to be added to our mail list or find any errors please email us at: email@example.com
Please don't allow this to happen!!
Sign our Petition:
Finally. It’s important to get a many letters as possible into the papers - let everyone know about us. The addresses are:
Worthing Herald: firstname.lastname@example.org
West Sussex Gazette: email@example.com