Controversial Fittleworth coal yard plan set for green light

CONTROVERSIAL plans to build nine homes on the former coal yard in Fittleworth’s School Close, look set to be given the go ahead.

The plans which are due to go before members of Chichester District Council’s planning committee next Wednesday (December 10), are being recommended for approval by officers.

The proposal is to redevelop the site by building nine two-storey homes in a courtyard arrangement with a terrace of three and a pair of semi-detached houses along the eastern edge, a terrace of four homes along the southern boundary and a single storey car barn with nine parking spaces along the western boundary. Access would be via School Close.

Fittleworth Parish Council said instead of two affordable homes in the development they wanted to see a mix of two to three bedroom part-purchase units to encourage young couples to settle in the village.

They added: “The developer is aware that 30 per cent of the site floods during the winter and spring periods and therefore careful consideration will be required to accommodate flood water, maybe planting high water uptake trees.”

In addition parish councillors said underground tanks would also be required to retain rainwater from the homes “draining them during dry periods to prevent flooding of the village further down the stream.”

There were 19 individual objections from people who highlighted the impact on wildlife, noise generation, highways safety, development of a greenfield site and over-development.

However officers report they believe it is a sustainable form of development that complies with local plan policies.