Plan for 22 homes at Wisborough Green is ‘premature’

Wisborough Green villagers who successfully fought off a shale oil drilling plan  face controversy over a new homes plan
Wisborough Green villagers who successfully fought off a shale oil drilling plan face controversy over a new homes plan
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A PLAN for 22 homes on a site supported by the emerging neighbourhood plan in Wisborough Green has met with criticism from a villager.

Anton Jerges who lives in Newpound Lane has objected saying: “The neighbourhood plan (NP) only carries some weight at this time so the application is premature.”

Wisborough Green NP has been through a period of public consultation this summer and is currently being scrutinised by an independent examiner. The next process will be for a referendum in Wisborough Green before it is set in stone.

But now developers have submitted a planning application for 22 houses on land east of Winterfold in Durbans Road.

Although the site is earmarked for around 22 houses in the neighbourhood plan Mr Jerges said: “The unelected parish council has included it with no proper consultation with the community which historically has shown its dislike for the site.”

He said a large number of people had written to object to it in the formal consultation stage of the neighbourhood plan.

“The site selection process for the neighbourhood plan was not transparent and the traffic light

methodology used was subjective and flawed.”

He said the site was not earmarked for development until the end of the plan period and the application “pre-empts the village’s right to a referendum to vote on the neighbourhood plan.”

Developers say their scheme was designed to be a ‘sustainable and deliverable extension’ to Wisborough Green that helped to meet local community housing needs.

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