Sewage concerns have been raised about new housing proposals in Rogate that would increase the number of houses in the village by 20 per cent.
Hyde Martlett are in the process of approval for an application for 16 houses in the Parsonage Estate along with a private developer who is negotiating some legal matters before the application is expected to be approved.
The South Downs National Park Authority has recommended that Ledbury Estates pays a developers’ contribution to Chichester District Council in a so-called Section 106 agreement, then the development for 16 houses will be permitted. This will include eight units of social housing and eight of private housing.
However, there are talks of an application by Hyde Martlett for a further 15 houses in the Parsonage Estate, which brings the total up to 31, in a village which is currently made up of around 160 houses.
Rogate residents are concerned about an increased flooding risk and traffic hazards from a development in the village, so attended a drop-in session last Friday to make their views known.
But existing residents of Hugo Platt are afraid the extra homes will put an unsustainable burden on the sewerage system.
Roslyn Greenfield said: “During heavy rain, the pumping station on Hugo Platt can not cope, backing up the drains, and leaving sewage running down the road, and we flood two or three times a year.”
Fellow resident Joanne Stocker has been campaigning to persuade Southern Water and the council to try to improve the sewerage system.
She said: “The potential problem arises because the law states that it is a person’s right to have access to the sewer network, and developers, therefore, can build, without any thought to existing sewerage issues.”
The Vicar of Rogate, the Rev Edward Doyle, said: “You feel for the people of Hugo Platt. It seems as if nobody is on their side.”
Parish councillor Paddy Cox said they collected residents views and will support the view of their parishioners. He continued: “We are greatly encouraged by the tremendous interest by those living in the parish in the development proposal and the consultation about the proposals.”