Residents voice their anger at green gap housing plan

Released: Friday, 25 March 2022

Community groups came out in force today to protest against plans to build hundreds of homes at Chatsmore Farm in Worthing.

Residents joined Worthing West MP Sir Peter Bottomley, Worthing borough councillors and St Oscar Romero Catholic School pupils in a united front to voice their anger at the scheme at the Goring gap.

Last year councillors rejected a planning application by the developer Persimmon to allow 475 homes to be built on the green gap between Ferring and Goring.

But despite a government-appointed planning inspector clearly indicating Worthing Borough Council was right to protect the space from development in its Local Plan for the area, a different inspector last month overturned the decision on appeal and said the homes could be built.

As a result, the Council is taking the case to the High Court, while Sir Peter and Cllr Kevin Jenkins, the Leader of the Council, have both urged the Government to block the development.

Cllr Jenkins, who joined the community at Chatsmore Farm today, said:

“It's great to see so many people here today. We're here because we have a passion for Worthing.

“We could build on every green space in our town and still not meet the need for housing. We have to build wisely, using our brownfield sites in the town centre first.

“Worthing only has 3.9 square metres of green space for every adult in this borough - the lowest amount for any urban area anywhere in the UK. That's why it's so important to protect this space.”

Sir Peter said:

“The battle will continue. This gathering shows the strength of feeling of all age groups, from all parts of our district and borough. We will carry on.

“This is a non-stop campaign where we are right and the inspector was wrong.”

To view the Planning Inspectorate decision please see:

Photo: Crowds gather to join the Chatsmore Farm protest

PR22-072 - Crowds gather to join the Chatsmore Farm protest

Photo: Worthing Borough Council Leader Cllr Kevin Jenkins speaks to the crowd at Chatsmore Farm

PR22-072 - Worthing Borough Council Leader Cllr Kevin Jenkins speaks to the crowd at Chatsmore Farm

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Page last updated: 25 November 2022

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