Decision details

F/5/20/PL - Ford Airfield Market, Ford BN18 0FL

Decision Maker: Planning Committee

Decision status: For Determination

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No


[Councillor Charles redeclared at the beginning of this item his Personal Interest made at the start of the meeting.]


3 Public Speakers

Cllr Colin Humphris – Climping Parish Council

Alan Lovell - Objector

Cllr Amanda Worne – Arun District Council Ward Member


Reconfiguration of Ford Market, including revised market access, hardstanding for replacement vehicular parking and associated infrastructure, landscape, ancillary and site preparation works.


The Strategic Development Team Leader presented her report with updates. This was followed by 3 Public Speakers.


Members then took part in a full debate on the application where a number of points were raised including:

·       the inability to consider the impact of a prospective adjacent planning application on the approval of an application being heard at the meeting as Committee could not know what might come and what might be implemented should approval be given

·       previous development having been refused due to it not resolving issues around the Oystercatcher roundabout and creating traffic issues for Horsemere Green Lane

·       the traffic impacts on Horsemere Green Lane and the need for a traffic study of the lane as evidence to support future decisions especially when County Highways have given no reason to refuse, and that this study could be funded by the Parish Council from CIL payments

·       concerns over the entrance to the site on Ford Road which has its challenges now before the removal of another entrance, queuing at this entrance only worsening if all traffic be directed to it, and problems with parking on the road

·       concerns and criticism of the discrepancy between official vehicles numbers and those in residents’ studies, no mention of Saturday markets in the report, how these made making a decision difficult and whether independent research could be commissioned to resolve this

·       the modelling only being concerned with the junction on Ford Road with no mention of Horsemere Green Lane, Yapton Road or the Oystercatcher junction

·       impacts of the market on other businesses due to the conflict between pedestrians and heavy goods vehicles.


It was proposed and seconded that the application be deferred to allow for further evidence gathering to be undertaken.


The Committee




That the application be deferred for further evidence gathering to be undertaken on the transport and highway implications over a wider area than that which had already been studied.

Report author: Nicola Moore

Publication date: 27/09/2021

Date of decision: 08/09/2021

Decided at meeting: 08/09/2021 - Planning Committee

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