Worthing Journal Article- February 2024

There will be challenges in the New Year . We shall need to ensure new developments such as Union Place’ complement their’ heritage neighbours.’ It is essential that we lobby for good design, scale and materials. The Committee will comment on the developments proposed in Worthing.

An ongoing challenge will be the protection of green spaces which form part of our natural heritage. Members have registered their serious concerns about the continued threat to Chatsmore Farm. Despite the plans being refused by the Council and subsequently losing a series of court challenges, the developer, Persimmon Homes, is still trying to gain permission to build on this historic green gap. The Appeal will now be considered at a new Public Inquiry in February.

We appreciate the need for housing but the approach should be ‘brownfield ‘sites first. Chatsmore Farm is an important green lung between Ferring, and Worthing. Green spaces are important to our mental and physical well-being as shown during the Covid emergency. Local people are passionate about protecting this area. Building on this land would have a permanent negative impact on the ‘setting’ of the historic National Park. Our green spaces are irreplaceable and I hope to speak at the Inquiry,. ’The Fight Goes On!’

Sue Belton,

Worthing Society Chair

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