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WCT Newsletter No.3
December 2019

Westbourne Community Trust

Westbourne Community Trust newsletter.

Young Architects Winners at Westbourne Primary School


Mill Road Affordable Housing Update

Residents Indicate Strong Support for Proposals

Westbourne Community Trust would like to wish all its members and everyone in the Village a Happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year.  It is now just over a year since the Trust was formed and a lot has been achieved in that time. 
  • We now have over 100 members who support our work and objectives
  • We have a strong team of 8 Trustees and 2 co-opted members with the necessary skills to carry out the work 
  • We have agreed the key principles for how we would like to deliver our first affordable housing project at land to the rear of 30 to 56 Mill Road
  • We have appointed architects to prepare a draft scheme for the site and held public consultations on these proposals
  • We have secured the necessary funding for the technical and feasibility work needed to prepare this scheme and submit a planning application
  • We are finalising the details of the proposal and intend to submit the planning application in the New Year
Since the public consultation at Westbourne Primary School in July this year, Westbourne Community Trust has been working on the details of the scheme and negotiating with Chichester District Council’s Planning Team.  These discussions have taken longer than we had anticipated.  One of the key issues has been the question of flood risk.  The site, together with most of Westbourne, lies within the flood zone of the River Ems.  This has always been something the Trust understood, and we propose to carry out technical work to demonstrate that the site is suitable for development and that the risk of flooding could be minimised. 

We have now appointed specialist consultants to work with the Planning Team at Chichester and carry out the flood risk assessment that is required to support the planning application and we propose to submit our application after this work is completed.

The Trust invited all residents from the village to view the draft proposals for affordable housing on 20 July this year.  The proposals included the following features
  • 12 new affordable homes to rent to local people including
o    two 3-bed homes
o    four 2-bed homes
o    six 1-bed homes
  • parking for the new homes
  • parking for the allotments and users of the park
  • new parking spaces on Mill Road to ease parking congestion
  • new play equipment to replace the existing equipment
  • a new multi-use games area (MUGA) to replace the existing sports court
  • refurbishment of the skatepark 
  • a new storage unit to be provided for the allotment and the parish council
  • new fencing along the boundary to the allotment site
  • a new pedestrian footpath link across the park directly to the Westbourne Primary School playground
A wide range of residents living near to the site as well as those from across the village community came to view and comment on the proposals.  These comments have been carefully considered as the Trust finalises the scheme and prepares to submit a planning application.  

The Trust also arranged to work with Westbourne Primary School pupils.  With the support of the Head Teacher a competition was organised for each year group to submit their suggestions and designs for the proposed new playground.  The results of this competition provided lots of great ideas which can be found at the link below and will be used to plan the new play equipment in the park.

In total we received 58 separate responses from individual residents and of these 49 indicated that they support the proposed development.  This means that 84.5% of responses received are in favour of the scheme. This is a really strong show of support for the Trust’s first affordable housing project. Of the remaining comments 5 indicated that they remain undecided at this point and only 4 indicated that they were opposed to the proposed development.  

The Trust is very grateful to have received such an enthusiastic response and would like to thank all residents, members and trustees who gave their time to arrange the consultation and contribute their comments and suggestions.  A special thank you also to the Westbourne Primary School who allowed us to use the school for the consultation and to all those pupils who so enthusiastically put forward their suggestions and designs for the proposed new playground. 

Many different comments on the details of the scheme were received and the details of these comments can be found at on  this web page:   
http://www.westbournecommunitytrust.org/consultation-responses/
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