THE STORY in the Observer reporting the refusal of planning permission for a disabled-friendly bungalow in Bepton seems to defy reason.
It is suggested that it would bring about an unacceptable increase in traffic down to Midhurst; journeys which would be made by one man with his disabled wife.
Yet, a couple of years ago, a new house was built scarcely more than 100 yards away, facing on to the village green.
That application, by a developer, was for a ‘traditional’ two-storey, four-bedroomed house and the planning authority allowed it.
During construction, further permission was granted for amendments, which turned the new house into a three-storey building with half-a-dozen bedrooms.
Objections were made by local residents at the planning stage.
I spoke at a planning meeting to point out that this creeping development was taking something that at first seemed reasonable to a different level, and one which was out of keeping with what the present planning inspector describes as ‘a very small settlement, little more than a public house and a scattering of dwellings’.
The contrast between these two situations is difficult to understand.
On the one hand, a large and expensive speculative development was allowed, against the wishes of some local residents.
On the other hand, Tom Harris has been denied the chance to build a modest home for his disabled wife. Where is the sense in it? You can’t help wondering.