Goring and Ferring residents are outraged by the prospect of a leading developer filling the ‘Strategic Gap’ between the two settlements. They will make their views clear to representatives of Persimmon Homes in a public meeting at 7.00 pm on April 22nd in the Glebelands Centre, Greystoke Road, Ferring.
The meeting will also be addressed by local councillors, local conservation and residents’ groups and the local Member of Parliament, Sir Peter Bottomley. It will be chaired by Carole Robertson, Chairman of Ferring Parish Council.
Ferring Conservation Group, the Ilex Conservation Group and Goring Residents Association have formed the Goring Gap Action Group to fight any planning application. They have received the full backing of Ferring Parish Council and Goring Ward Councillors Mark Nolan and Mary Lermitte in their campaign to resist any development in this Gap – currently farmland.
Action Group Co-ordinator Ed Miller said: “It is obvious from all the work which has been going on, and the drawing produced by planning consultants WYG, showing 396 houses to be built in the northern section of the Gap, that there is a serious intention to seek planning permission for a very large development. Persimmon Homes must explain to Ferring and Goring residents just what they do intend.
“We also want Arun District Council and Worthing Borough council to make it absolutely clear to Persimmon Homes that their policies and Local Plans are completely opposed to development in this Gap. And we want West Sussex County Council to make clear that there is insufficient capacity on local roads to accommodate such development.
“We also want our Member of Parliament to clarify the Government’s attitude to development proposals which are contrary to Ferring’s Neighbourhood Plan and the Plans and policies of the two local planning authorities.
“Residents value the Ferring-Goring Gap very highly – as an important visual break in the built-up area along the coast, as an important area for wild life, as a ‘green lung’, and as Grade A agricultural land. The view from the beach, over the fields and across the avenue of Ilex Oaks , up to Highdown Hill and the South Downs National Park is one of the most beautiful on the Sussex coastal Plain. We must not let it be filled with houses.”
Pictured: Sir Peter Bottomley MP