Rallying cry to defeat new housing plan in Climping

MP Nick Gibb with some of the members of the Clymping Field Protection Group SUS-151208-091654001
MP Nick Gibb with some of the members of the Clymping Field Protection Group SUS-151208-091654001
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VILLAGERS have teamed up with the area’s MP in a battle against plans to build up to 140 homes on a piece of farm land in Climping.

Last night (Tuesday, August 11) almost 100 residents showed their opposition to a speculative scheme to develop on land between Church Lane and Yapton Road.

The only thing we want to see on that land is what we see now which is the seasons changing and the crops coming and going.

David Miranda, Clymping Field Protection Group

The proposal, put forward by the Mulgrave Estate, has sparked outrage in the village and has worried Bognor Regis and Littlehampton MP Nick Gibb.

Mr Gibb, who attended the village meeting at St Mary’s Church, said: “I am opposed to this. We should not be, in my opinion, concreting over land that is prime for agricultural development.

“This is an area, that I believe, is outstandingly beautiful and it is key to the tourism industry.

“It is key, to what makes this a place that people find attractive to live in, that we retain the green field dominance of this area.”

The night was organised by the village’s fledgling action team, the Clymping Field Protection Group.

At the meeting the group’s acting chairman, David Miranda, asked villagers whether they were in favour of the plan.

An overwhelming majority said they were against it.

The group’s main concern is that the housing would be built on prime agricultural land. They were also fearful about the impact some 80 to 140 homes could have on the drainage, local water table, and felt development on that field would cause a detrimental loss to Climping’s rural character.

Mr Miranda told the audience: “If this (proposal) goes ahead, Climping is simply going to be a name on a map and a suburb of everywhere else.

“The only thing we want to see on that land is what we see now which is the seasons changing and the crops coming and going.”

Mr Gibb said he would back the group’s battle but advised them to pay attention to every little detail of the plan. He also told people to write to planning officers at Arun District Council.

Farmer James Baird urged people to write to the Mulgrave Estate and voice their opinion.

No formal plans have yet been submitted by Mulgrave.

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