Decision details

WA/63/21/PL - Land East of Tye Lane, Walberton BN18 0LU

Decision Maker: Planning Committee

Decision status: Item Deferred

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No


6 Public Speakers

Cllr Andrew Vawer – Walberton Parish Council, read by Suzanne Clarke

Suzanne Clarke – Objector

Peter Brown – Objector

Nathan Stevenson – Applicant

Chris Barker – Agent

Cllr Grant Roberts – Arun District Council Ward Member


Proposed alternative vehicular accesses off Tye Lane and emergency access off Avisford Park Road, along with minor highway works following WA/95/18/RES (resubsmission following WA/93/20/PL). This site is CIL Zone 2 (Zero Rated) as other development.


The Chair welcomed Stephen Gee from West Sussex County Council and David Bowie and Andrew Jackson from National Highways to the meeting. The Principal Planning Officer presented the report with updates. This was followed by 6 Public Speakers.


Members then took part in a full debate on the application where a number of points were raised and responded to by Officers, including:

·       the status of the developer’s letter of assurance from National Highways and the legal weight of this, and whether actions could and should be taken to make such assurances legally binding

·       the legal advice sought by Walberton Parish Council and whether there had been any updates

·       the A27 Arundel bypass and related matters – a lack of planning from the developer, commercial decisions around selling the houses without the alternative access, the need to resolve the issue of the route before the application could be decided, the proposed grey route making the proposed access worthless

·       developers’ responsibility for the 5-year land supply by not building out

·       a need for more facts before a decision could be made and whether therefore there was the case for a deferral, the amount of time this course of action could add to the process

·       uncertainty over what planning regulations could be refused if the Committee was so minded

·       the suitability of Tye Lane for a development of this scale

·       scepticism of the traffic numbers provided in the report

·       the lack of a Road Safety Audit to cover the entire area impacted, especially given the number of houses in the development and the potential number of cars, and its availability to Members to make a decision

·       traffic effects to the Conservation Area going through Walberton village

·       the proposed emergency access going through an orchard and public open space

·       dissatisfaction with the planning application in general

·       sympathy for the residents of Walberton, who were already traumatised by the Arundel bypass proposals


The Committee




That the application be DEFERRED pending an Officer’s report that addressed Members’ concerns on the following issues:


a)    traffic movements at the junction of Tye Lane and The Street


b)    traffic movements through the village centre along The Street


c)    confirmation that the reduction in the width of Tye Lane to accommodate the pavement would not impair the free flow of traffic

Report author: Nicola Moore

Publication date: 11/11/2021

Date of decision: 27/10/2021

Decided at meeting: 27/10/2021 - Planning Committee

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