Chatsmore Farm – Chair’s letter published in the Worthing Herald 4 January


Worthing Society members have been in contact to register their serious ongoing concerns about the continued threat to the land at Chatsmore Farm, Goring Gap. The developer, Persimmon Homes, is still trying to gain permission to build on this historic green gap. This is despite the plans being refused by the Worthing Borough Council and subsequently losing a series of court challenges. The Appeal will now be considered at a new Public Inquiry in February.

We appreciate the need for new housing but consider the approach should be ‘brownfield ‘sites first. Chatsmore Farm forms an important green lung between Ferring, Goring and Worthing which is vital given the serious climate emergency. Open green spaces are also important to mental and physical well-being as has been shown during the recent Covid emergency. Local people are passionate about protecting this area and do not wish to see the green gap concreted over and covered with 475 dwellings. The openness of Chatsmore Farm is also important to the views both to and from the neighbouring South Downs National Park. Building on this land would have a permanent negative impact on the ‘setting’ of the historic National Park.

Our natural green spaces are also part of our heritage. They are irreplaceable and should be a legacy for future generations. The Worthing Society, who are members of the Pro-Gap Group, will stay strong, continuing to defend Chatsmore Farm and I will register to speak at the public inquiry. As the headline in the Worthing Herald stated last week: ’The Fight Goes On.’

Susan Belton, Worthing Society Chair


Note: The Photo shows the view looking down from Highdown Rise to Goring Gap


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