Builders’ access road plan at Graffham is thrown out

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Developers have been forced back to the drawing board after their proposed construction traffic access route to build new houses at the Homes of Rest in Graffham were thrown out.

The proposal was refused by the South Downs National Park after Chichester District Council’s senior building adviser Ian Wightman said he believed they were ‘overly harmful to the Conservation Area and the setting of the listed buildings’.

He added: “Whilst these works are temporary, an improved scheme should be sought to mitigate the harm this is likely to cause.”

Strategic planning officers at West Sussex County Council added their concerns saying it had not been demonstrated that a large delivery vehicle could safety enter and exit the site without over running the existing verge.

“It also needs to be shown that a large vehicle will not conflict with parked cars along the carriageway.”

Replying to the national park’s consultation on the issue they added: “In addition whilst visibility splays have been shown for the existing site access, splays from the temporary access have not been provided to demonstrate the access is sate and meets the requirements of the northern access.”

Builders Reside Developments Limited gained permission to demolish four semi detached homes on the land at The Homes of Rest and build five new ones, despite strong opposition from villagers.

But one of the conditions attached to the permission which was granted last year was that developers should submit plans on how building would take place and crucially, outline their proposed construction access route.

The access they proposed cut across a green in front of the listed Homes of Rest building which is to remain on the site.

Graffham parish councillors objected expressing concern over road safety as the road provided access to the Infant School and the back gates to Seaford College. They said the proposed lorry movements would cause ‘serious problems’.

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