The development of a range of new homes and community benefits at a site in Walberton, West Sussex, is an example of what is achievable in planning and development terms with the right engagement from all stakeholders.
Working closely with Arun District and Walberton Parish Councils Wates Developments created an attractive development of 175 new homes which was unanimously consented by the Arun Planning Committee at a local level only 12 months following entering into a Land Promotion Agreement with a local landowner. The site did not have previous development plan status making the success truly exceptional.
The land was acquired into a joint venture between Wates Developments and Linden Homes in 2018, with all reserved matters approved in April 2019 and work on site commencing during the summer.
Community amenities included in this scheme include 11 acres of open space incorporating play areas, allotments, community orchard, a new tennis club for the Parish Council, significant transport improvements to the A27, upgrading local footpaths, pedestrian crossing points and contributions towards upgrading the Walberton Village Hall, a Sports Pavilion and village car park.
The first residents are due to move into the traditionally designed two-, three- and four-bedroom homes at Avisford Grange during Spring 2020. The scheme includes 56 affordable homes for local people.