Stedham villagers get their say on homes plan

STEDHAM with Iping Parish Council is holding a parish meeting to give villagers a chance to air their views on plans for three homes on the old Collins Club site.

The public meeting will take place at Stedham Memorial Hall on Wednesday at 7pm.

Immediately after the meeting, there will be a meeting of members of the parish council’s planning committee.

Members of the committee want the chance to hear the views of villagers before they decide what comments they make on the application.

The planning application is the culmination of years of planning in the village to provide new and improved sports and social facilities in Stedham by building a new pavilion on the sports field.

It was always envisaged part of the cost of the new facilities would be funded by the sale of the old Collins Club for residential development

Now the site has been sold and an application has been submitted to the South Downs National Park Authority.

The proposal which has been submitted is to demolish the 1960s-1970s flat-roof extensions to the old Collins Club building, but retain and extend the original two-storey part of the building and turn it into two homes.

In addition, the proposal is to remove the former ladies’ toilet wing and build a new detached home in its place.

It is the latest of several applications for the site which included another application for four homes.