Paw Paddock planning application

Towards the end of last year, an application was made for the creation of a dog exercising compound in a field in Houghton Lane. This met with considerable opposition from a number of residents in the parish and was opposed by your parish council. We have now heard that the application has been withdrawn.

Barlavington Estate – Estate plan consultation

Many parishioners will remember the opposition raised by Bury Parish Council a few years ago to the application made by the Barlavington Estate to extricate sand from their Horncroft site. The Estate has been working on a Whole Estate Plan for the past 12 months and is inviting comments from local residents before presenting it for review by the National Park Authority. You can access the information and feedback form on their consultant’s (Rural Solutions) website which will be available from 11th January for 6 weeks – please see here: –

Planning reforms

In September last year, we reported on the reaction by Chichester District Council to the widely unpopular planning reforms proposed by the Government that would have included the use of an algorithm to dictate what numbers of houses should be built in each area rather than ensuring that new building is first focused on previously used or neglected land rather than on green spaces. Strong opposition from district and local councils to the more unpopular elements of the plans has resulted in a re-think with a computer-based formula having been updated to focus more on cities and urban areas in the North and Midlands with money for brownfield sites being distributed more fairly outside the South-East. The Government wants to build 300,000 new homes in England each year by the mid-2020s but many complaints were made about the countryside being “concreted over.” CDC’s comments following the Government re-think can be seen here.