RESIDENTS at Loxwood are reported to be split over whether eight dwellings to meet local affordable housing need should be built on former horticultural land in the village.
Cascade Partnerships has submitted a planning application to Chichester District Council for the development on part of a large unploughed field south of Farm Close.
The company says it specialises in the construction of affordable housing in rural locations to meet defined local needs.
A consultation process has been going on with the district authority and the parish council for two years, leading up to the application being lodged.
The application papers explain how a housing needs survey, carried out in conjunction with a study of the district council’s housing data, has identified a ‘substantial need’ for affordable housing within the parish.
The survey is said to have highlighted a ‘complete lack’ of affordable housing in the local area of Loxwood, and the difficulty faced by first-time buyers and young families who end up having to move out of the area to find accommodation.
The development, sited in a corner of the field between Farm Close and Willetts Way, would comprise two one-bedroomed bungalows, four two-bedroomed houses and two three-bedroomed houses.
However, a survey undertaken by Cascade Partnerships reported Loxwood residents were split.
Some were critical of further building on the grounds there was a lack of appropriate infrastructure to support more housing, and the perception that further development would compromise the village’s appeal and charm.
Those supporting more development identified the greatest need was among young people, followed by a need for low-cost and family homes.