While I understand the current drive to create more homes around the country, I have serious reservations about whether the current and future plans for Shoreham are practicable, primarily because large home-building projects will exacerbate an existing problem with traffic flow that is evident through much of the day and is especially bad at peak times on the Northern, Western and Eastern approaches to Shoreham by Sea.
Traffic jams are often experienced by anyone who attempts to enter or leave Shoreham via the A27, A281 or A259.
Traffic is very frequently either stopped or at walking pace as far afield as Worthing, Fishersgate and Upper Beeding, during busy periods.
If Adur council have granted or are considering giving planning permission for many homes to be built on each of the approaches to Shoreham – from the East (120), West (600-1,300) and North (120), in the short term – we should all expect a rise in vehicle numbers at least commensurate with the number of new homes being built, leading to greatly increased journey time, pollution, damage to businesses and a reduction in the quality of life of Shoreham residents.
If we residents and commuters are not prepared to challenge the building of what I consider to be far too many new homes in this area and are prepared to sit stationary in traffic for longer periods than we do at present, then I believe that we will all rue the day.
Notwithstanding the above concern, I would urge anyone who cares about their quality of life, retention of green field sites, retention of flood planes and natural habitat and who are sceptical about the builders’ claim to be building ‘affordable housing’ (a definition would help to assess just how affordable this is – to someone moving from Kensington perhaps?) to contact the councillors for their ward to express their concerns.
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