A PETITION to save Shoreham Beach from overdevelopment has been launched by a concerned resident.
Maggie Taylor, 56, of The Meadway, Shoreham, has created a petition urging residents to sign and save the area.
Mrs Taylor said: “I appeal to Shoreham Beach residents and indeed anyone who cares about our very special and unique peninsula. Whilst I see and accept the need for change, there is nothing subtle or tasteful about some of the houses that are being built. I’m pretty sure I join the vast majority of residents who oppose replacement of one dwelling with two on frequently very small plots.
“Bungalows in particular seem to be victims of the developer; these pretty, characterful and charming dwellings that gave Shoreham Beach the nickname “Bungalow Town” are giving rise to three-storey flat-roofed square blocks.”
The petition came about after a planning application for the demolition of one bungalow and building of two, three-storey buildings in Old Fort Road was rejected on June 3.
However, the application is now being appealed.
The application was refused for the following reasons: “Having regard to the limited area of the site and its relationship to existing residential properties, the proposal, by reason of its height, would give rise to an unneighbourly form of development which would be detrimental to the residential amenities and environment of the locality, resulting in loss of light and an overbearing effect on existing dwellings contrary to the saved policies of the Adur District Local Plan.”
Mrs Taylor believes her light and privacy will be compromised by developers building ‘overbearing and domineering houses’.
She recounts a visit to an 87-year-old neighbour who tearfully told her that she had ‘lost her sky’.
Mrs Taylor added: “There is also concern about the lack of infrastructure and general amenities by overdeveloping. Our school is over-subscribed, there are significant access problems for cars particularly in rush hour, not to mention drainage problems in a flood risk area. Whilst I appreciate that Shoreham Beach is a very nice place to live indeed, I am of the opinion that there needs to be an acceptable development plan whilst retaining the pattern of our visual and historic inheritance. This is really important, particularly when so much planning is underway, all of which, if brought to fruition, will irrevocably change the character of Shoreham Beach and the way of life for its residents.”
Mrs Taylor is creating a ‘characterisation study’ of Shoreham Beach to present to the planning committee.
So far, Mrs Taylor estimates more than 100 people have signed the petition and around 45 people have objected to the appeal. The petition is at the post office in Ferry Road, Shoreham or online at http://www.avaaz.org/en/petition/Save_Shoreham_Beach_from_overdevelopment/?email