Say NO to Newey

Say NO to Newey

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Here we go again. Yet another attempt to develop a “Seasonal Workers Village” onsite, at Lagness - without care, consideration... or consent.

Earlier this year, we raised concerns about plans to house seasonal agricultural workers at Newlands Nursery which, if approved, would have seen 31 caravan units housing upto 186 people working between February and November.

The plan has now been divided into three Certificates of Lawfulness for Permitted Development, but is basically the same, (31 vans, max 6 workers per van) and should this be granted - would, in no doubt, be a permanent caravan site, un-policed with permanent infrastructure, all year round.

We strongly feel that this site is totally unsuitable for this type of development. The busy dangerous unlit road - which already suffers countless accidents, lack of amenities and general living conditions for workers, no room for earth, light and sound banking, sewage and pollution problems, security issues and demand on local services, an increase in working hours (24/7 - so presumably lighting up the sky), and a huge increase number of vehicles accessing this site (being a hub to supply other sites across  West Sussex) - all previously limited on the original planning application for the nursery in 2005. Not to mention the impact on local wellbeing, properties and future plans. 

If you build an annex in your garden for your relatives to live in, or extend your home to run a different business (perhaps open a campsite in your garden) you have to make a planning application, so that due scrutiny can be given and all the necessary impact statements/assessments can be completed. Well we feel that this nursery should have to do the same. They need to apply for Full Planning Permission like the rest of us have to, it’s only fair.

The only way we can make this happen is if we get enough support in our request to Arun Planning that they issue an Article 4 directive to Remove the Permitted Development Rights from Newey Nursery at Lagness, Pagham Road.   

This will mean any applications they make will have to be made in full, with impact statements regarding the staff, Road, residents and environment and these will undergo the rigours and scrutiny by the general public, Parish Councils, Road users and the local residents. Surely, this is only fair; for us, the road users and indeed the workers themselves.

Many thanks for your help.

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