DRAFT LOCAL PLAN HEAVILY CRITICISED FOR PUTTING HOUSING BEFORE ATTENTION TO FLOODING,
INFRASTRUCTURE AND JOBS
Residents unanimously voted that the Draft Local Plan was not fit for purpose
Flooding was made worse by run-off from new-build estates
No more housebuilding before flooding problems have been solved
No more housebuilding before infrastructure has been improved
No more housebuilding before thousands more jobs created
At a packed August meeting of the Bognor Regis Civic Society angry residents called
on Arun District Council to exercise its duty of care towards local people and take
action to deal with the causes of recent catastrophic flooding before any more housing
Residents recounted how their homes and businesses had been damaged, and blamed water
run-off from recently built housing at Bersted for some of the problems. A letter
from Councillor Ricky Bower, Arun's Cabinet Member for Planning was read out confirming
that the Site 6 drainage had coped with the "unprecedented rainfall" but that the
problems had been caused by older drainage systems.
"This is exactly what residents predicted before planning was granted for site 6,"
said Hugh Coster, Civic Society Deputy Chairman. "when they said that run-off from
new development would overload older systems downline. Arun failed to listen to
them then, and it is vital for them to listen now and take action to solve flooding
problems before any more development takes place."
The meeting voted unanimously that Arun's Draft Local Plan should be amended to include
specific plans to deal with all the flooding problems that have recently occurred
and that a moratorium should be placed on all new development until the work had
In a further unanimous vote, and in a bid to prevent the congestion and pollution
problems of excessive out-commuting, the meeting called for the same moratorium to
continue until thousands of new jobs had been created in the area to serve the existing
"Building new homes only makes the current problems worse," said Hugh Coster, "and
is clearly unsustainable in anyone's language. And if Arun feels it is bound by the
housing demands of the government, we expect them to be vigorously defending their
own residents by resisting this at the highest levels."