Decision details

BE/57/22/PL Land adjacent to Tesco Express, 351 Chichester Road, Bersted PO21 5AN

Decision Maker: Planning Committee

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No


[Having declared her Prejudicial Interest, Councillor Warr did not participate in the discussion or vote on this item.]


2 Public Speakers

Stephen Potts – Objector

Molly McLean – Agent


Erection of 6 No. 2-storey dwellings consisting of 2 No 2 bed units & 4 No 3 bed units, access, parking, cycle storage, bin store and other associated landscape works (resubmission following BE/104/21/PL). This site is in CIL Zone 4 & is CIL Liable as new dwellings.


The Planning Area Team Leader presented the report with updates. This was followed by 2 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:

·         concerns over impacts to parking and traffic whilst noting that the site used to be a pub with lots of traffic accessing it so not a grounds for refusal

·         developers using the fact that Arun did not have a 5-year housing land supply to justify development whilst at the same time not building out approved planning applications at the rate they were supposed to

·         the sustainability of the plot with good access to the public transport network

·         the current state of the site, described by one Member as an eyesore

·         the site having been identified in the Bersted Neighbourhood Plan for housing and therefore the inevitability of development

·         concern for the impact on surrounding properties, some of which were of character

·         the distances from the proposed development to the existing houses behind being consistent with the Arun Design Guide


The recommendation was then proposed by Councillor Chace and seconded by Councillor Kelly.


The Committee




That the application be APPROVED CONDITIONALLY as detailed in the report and report update subject to the conditions as detailed.

Report author: Hebe Smith

Publication date: 07/10/2022

Date of decision: 28/09/2022

Decided at meeting: 28/09/2022 - Planning Committee

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