UPDATE FROM SIR PETER BOTTOMLY MP
Plans have been released regarding the proposed development of up to 465 new homes on land between Goring-by-Sea and Ferring.
Provisional information regarding the plans can be viewed here.
I call on all residents of Goring and those of Ferring to attend the developer's display of proposals in the Richmond Room of Worthing Assembly Hall, 1:30pm to 7:30pm on Monday 7th of October.
I expect to be present at the display before returning to Westminster.
Those who cannot attend may wish to comment online here.
Persimmon have sprung this as a surprise. They should have notified me as member of parliament for Goring-by-Sea and for Ferring, the wards most affected.
This proposal is against the express views of Worthing Borough Council. It is opposed to by residents in Arun District Council who live in Ferring.
The natural gap between Goring and Ferring should be preserved. This opportunist proposal should be withdrawn by Persimmon.
I declare that I own some Persimmon shares, so, as a shareholder, I can put forward the opposition in addition to my role as the Member of Parliament.
I doubt they would propose to develop Hyde Park. Why they are proposing to change the nature of a valued area close to the South Downs National Park?
When Worthing Hospital was under threat, we created an All-Party Parliamentary Group to protect our local interest. I will propose doing the same again.
A further update will be given in my upcoming monthly E-Newsletter which will be despatched following the public consultation event.
I am grateful to Ed Miller and the Ferring Conservation Group for their initiative.