VILLAGERS in Angmering will this week have a chance to voice their views on a potential housing development at the VHB West End Nursery site in Roundstone Lane.
Consultants Barton Willmore are holding the first of two public exhibitions into the proposed change from agricultural land to housing, on Saturday (October 13).
Proposals will be on display at the village hall, in Station Road, from 10am-4pm, outlining how the 16-acre site might look like in the future, with up to 200 new homes built there.
The VHB consultation will take place against a background of widespread opposition to large-scale housing in Angmering. It is just one of several possible housing developments which could see hundreds of new homes built in the village, despite two recent surveys showing people overwhelmingly against such schemes.
Last month, about 450 individual letters of objection to the planned Barratt and David Wilson Homes’ application to build 150 homes on land east of Roundstone Lane, were handed into Arun District Council’s Civic Centre, in Maltravers Road, Littlehampton.
Sue Ware, co-founder of the campaign group Save Angmering Village – which presented the letters to Arun – said the application was a “very real threat” to the village, when added to the melting pot of other proposed developments in Angmering, which may also include the Worthing Rugby Club grounds.
She urged people to attend Saturday’s consultation, as well as the second one on Saturday, October 27, at the Angmering Community Centre, in Foxwood Avenue. She also encouraged people to send in individual letters of objection to any further large-scale housing proposals in the future.
VHB’s current rental agreement with landlords is to end in November, 2015, leaving 90 full-time jobs at risk.
But a spokeswoman from Arun District Council stressed no formal application to develop the site had been received.