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PROPOSED DEVELOPMENT: LAND SOUTH OF LITTLEHAMPTON ACADEMY

Please read and make any comments either direct to ADC of to our Society.

Following pre-application consultation with the local community, we are writing to provide you with an update on our plans to deliver new housing on the vacant plot located between Littlehampton Academy and Rosemead Park.

We are pleased to confirm that BoKlok has now submitted a full planning application to Arun District Council for the development of land south of Littlehampton Academy. The application is for 112 much-needed, new sustainable homes, alongside attractive, high-quality landscaping and open green spaces that are sympathetic to the existing surroundings.

BoKlok originated in Sweden and translates quite simply as Live Smart. We deliver high-quality, modular housing utilising Modern Methods of Construction, which have much smaller carbon footprints – 50% less in fact – than traditional brick developments. This method of construction reduces the overall build time and consequently also reduces the disruptive impact on local communities, both in terms of noise and vehicle movements.

Boklok’s development model dramatically reduces the overall cost of delivering new homes, which means homes for private sale can be more affordable to local residents. We provide private sale homes on a ’Left-To-Live’ model, which takes into account the average salary of a full-time worker, their living expensive and their mortgage borrowing capacity. We have verified our calculations in the UK with New homes Mortgage, which means our model has a “real-life verification”. This is in addition to the policy-complaint 30% affordable housing being delivered on-site.

Public realm and landscaping are central to BoKlok schemes and our Littlehampton proposals are designed around a green, centrally-located ’Community Hub’. This community space will encourage social gatherings with open gardens and canopied shelters, as well as space for natural play, such as natural boulders and balancing stones. There may also be opportunities for community “Grow Zones”, where local residents will be able to grow herbs and vegetables.
Additionally, the scheme will include S106 contributions towards education, health and transport services in the local area. These contributions may help fund the provision of a new school and or improve / increase capacity of local doctors and dentist surgeries – this will ultimately be the decision of the local planning authority.

The submitted proposals have been developed to take the surrounding built-up area of Littlehampton into consideration, including:
The proposed dwellings have been positioned to preserve the privacy and general residential amenity of the surrounding dwellings and uses.
The retention and protection of the most significant trees on the site and extensive landscaping to form a ’green heart’ in the new community.

New development will have direct routes into Rosemead Park.

Each proposed house will benefit from a private garden and each proposed flat will benefit from a private balcony alongside communal open space.

Parking provision on-site for all residents, in line with West Sussex County Council’s requirements, as well as an on-site car club for the use of both existing and future residents.

New electric car charging points to support electric vehicles.

Access to the site will be from Fitzalan Road – our Transport Consultant has undertaken a full assessment of the local road network alongside engagement with Arun District Council and has deemed that the proposals would not have an unacceptable impact on the network.

An emergency access point onto Elm Grove Road, which will be controlled with bollards that have a standard emergency lock on them, and as such will only be able to be used by emergency vehicles.

Permeable, landscaped walking routes within the site connecting with Fitzalan Road, Elmgrove Road and the public footpath and Rosemead Park to the south.

You will be able to view the submitted plans and make comments online via the Council’s website: . Please go to the ’Planning applications’ section the ‘Application Search Post 1987 & Weekly Lists’ and search for the planning application using the reference number: LU/116/21/PL. Our proposals will be decided by Arun District Council in the coming months and you will be able to view the submitted plans on the council’s planning portal. If you would like any more information or have any queries, please get in touch with the project team on our Freephone information line – 0800 298 7040 –by email on, or via our website on

Your committee believes this could be an interesting new type of development in this area and will closely follow its progress.

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Rampion 2 proposals

You have probably heard about the proposed extension to the Rampion Windfarm; they wish to have 116 much larger turbines stretching opposite Littlehampton and coming ashore at Climping. There was an informal consultation on line that you may have seen, it is still there with a video, on their website, and there is going to be a formal consultation later this year. This Society along with other groups in the area are consultees in the process. Elizabeth our Hon. Sec. is our representative. She has attended a virtual meeting and was able to put questions to the Rampion Team which they will be considering.

The committee is in favour of wind farms, but with reservations:
We are concerned with the size of base and height of the turbines, 2/3 times larger than those at present. Also its distance from land. The disturbance of the marine life, eg,  fish , seahorses, and all their foodstuff , all larval stages of invertebrates and vertebrates, microscopic life,  kelp beds and other vegetation, during construction. The sound of these much larger turbines affecting all life including us. The sound we cannot hear , infrasound, disruptive to us and wildlife . The underwater sound waves , which need looking into. The warning lights on top of the turbines ,constantly flashing could be disruptive, Disruption to migrating birds and insects. We have massive amounts crossing the sea to us, and travelling inland, and we do not want our little Nature Reserve to be damaged by this onshore installation of cables.
This electricity will go into the National Grid so we do not benefit directly from this windfarm . We hope that a form of compensation will be afforded to this town if it does go ahead .

Here are some links to give you more information:
Exhibition of plans:
Government statement:
Middleton’s objections:

Please do let us know your thoughts, but also please tell Rampion2 your opinion when the next consultation happens.
We will try and keep you informed.

Your committee.

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Seasons Greetings

The Committee would like to wish you all
A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR
Most of us will be experiencing a very different festive season and many of us will be having their first Christmas Day on their own and our thoughts go out to them. Hopefully, it will not be too long before we can start planning our lives again and we will then be in touch with our plans for your Society.

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October 2020 newsletter

Well, here we are at October already, so this is to let you know we are still here, still thinking and what we are thinking about. First, a few bits of good(ish) news:
GOOD NEWS 1: Our magazine has gone to print and we will be arranging to get your copies to you very soon (gentle reminder about subs inserted here).
GOOD NEWS 2: HMG are to legislate that shop/office conversions to flats are to have the same conditions as “new builds”, not retrospective so the existing hutches will be with us for a while.
GOOD NEWS 3: Nice to see how well Creative Heart are getting on with turning the old Tamarisk Centre into a much needed community asset.
GOOD NEWS 4: Art and Crafts now popping up all over town. Check out the Art Trail put on by LOCA. Buying gifts, or treating yourself, a lot of items priced for the low budget.

How did you feel about PIER ROAD closure, were you able to take advantage of it? We really do need to have your thoughts on this as we are considering presenting the Council with a plan for operating the scheme in future years at their meeting next month. Please do get in touch so we can gauge the support we may have.

Your COMMITTEE met (under Covid19 regs.) in September and accepted resignations from Sarah, as chair, who remains on the committee as stand in  treasurer, and Angela, who is standing down. The new co-chairs are Janet Crosley and Danny Surridge and Carlo Marogna was co-opted on as events secretary. We also had resignations from Kate Waterkeyn, treasurer, and Carla Stanley, due to change in commitments.
All this is very much “pro temps” until we are once again able to hold actual Society meetings. As a result there will be vacancies for committee members for the various posts once we can reassemble, so if you would like to join the committee now is a good time to step forward.

Winter is a-coming on so please do stay well, look out for each other and keep the grey matter ticking over until we meet again.

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A Plan for Planning

The fine details of the government’s new planning system are yet to be published but the cries are already going up “We won’t be allowed to object to anything” – this is simply not true!

Even where a site has “permission in principle” you can still object to what is proposed to be put on that site and, it looks like, on the same grounds as before. Plans for conversion of buildings to residential use will also still be subject to scrutiny, as will demolition of existing properties to be replaced with housing; the details will be the subject of objections. To paraphrase the mantra “build more, build better and build where it is wanted”.

You can read the proposals so far at: www.gov.uk/government/consultations/changes-to-the-current-planning
and enter your comments into their survey, which closes on 1st October 2020. It is rather a long document but well worth the effort and a chance to have your say.

This Society was formed to combat unsympathetic building, to preserve the best of the old and, at least by inference, to encourage the best of the new. We have had a hand in saving The Windmill, getting improvements to the plans for such sites as The Globe, the Duke Street cottage frontage and, currently, the revised plans for the Waitrose site are showing a deal of better thought, if not quite “right” yet.

The value of looking into our local planning applications is quite plain, and there have been lots of improvements to plans resulting from objections by members of the public as well as those by councillors and council staff. There is also the opportunity to offer constructive ideas and recommendations, it need not be a negative process.

Our Planning Authority, Arun District Council, publish weekly lists of applications on their website: arun.gov.uk/Weekly-lists (in the case of Littlehampton these have the prefix LU/) and details of an application can be seen by using the full planning reference . If you should want us to enter comments on behalf of yourself please contact us via our website or a committee member.

With The Academy due to reopen soon we are looking forward to developing contact with some of the younger members of our community who are showing interest in how their town is to be developed; their ideas of what they do and do not want for the town closely correspond with those of the older generation and this is backed up by the results of our survey started last year. A hopeful sign for the future we would like to think.

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June 2020 Newsletter

We hope you are all still coping with these strange conditions, things have moved on just a tiny bit since the last newsletter and we can perhaps start to think about our community’s future.

PLANNING

The first phase of the Town Regeneration Scheme is now due to start in January, sensibly after the Christmas shopping period, by which time we might be able to “Shop Locally”, “Eat Locally” and “Drink Locally”, to help our traders’ recovery.

There have been some “virtual” council meetings from which we have learned some more details of intent, subject to ADC’s final approval, a few of which are:
Proposed speed limit in town of 20 mph,
Wider variety of tree plantings,
Inclusion of the Arcade in the paving,
The town clock to be retained as is.
Minutes of these meetings are on line and are worth studying as we can influence some details such as the species of trees to be planted; the number of trees in town is to be increased, but fewer flower beds. We have put forward some ideas (and objections) to our Councils and there is still time for your thoughts to be considered so please do let us have them.

ADC Officers are going to look again at St. Martins car park, in conjunction with the Waitrose site
perhaps; they have been given 9 months to investigate possible development and partner schemes.
This is another opportunity for us to consider how this may benefit the town, one thought is the design of a low rise multi storey car park to preserve the numbers of parking spaces and another could be a community use building of some sort, or a hub. Thinking caps on please.

In our current circumstances it is all the more important for us to keep a weather eye on planning applications and to make our objections/suggestions for improvements as necessary so do be alert to any proposals.

SOCIETY NEWS

The Town Show has now been cancelled for this September and held over until next year.

It is noted that Creative Hearts is hoping to open in September, another venue for the town.

We need somewhere safe and dry to store our gazebo and 2 tables (all folded down) plus various paperwork and event materials, a space the size of a small shed would be enough, if you have the space available please get in touch.

With the future of our town in mind, we hope to extend the eyes and ears of our Society by asking members with suitable interests and skills to become active behind the scenes looking into specific aspects of our community, on an informal as and when basis, anybody interested in helping?

Our condolences go out to relatively new member Bob Bravington who has lost his wife Maureen
to complications following an operation. We hope you will keep in touch with us Bob.

Our congratulations to Kate and Tristan on the birth of Sebastian, all doing well.

Stay safe, stay well.

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Health Services Petition

A petition has just been set up by a local resident calling for more provision of health services in the Littlehampton area. This follows the apparent abandonment of the One Public Estate West Sussex Partnership, the lengthily considered scheme to include replacement facilities for the much mourned Littlehampton Hospital.
It is the view of your society that the town has expanded, and is still expanding, beyond the ability of our local health services to cope with the needs of its local residents, and is detrimental to the future development of the area.
Would you like to consider signing this petition, using the link shown below, to help to indicate the strength of feeling our community has on this matter. Thank you.

http://chng.it/Rs6QjzzWTC

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April 2020, Lock down Newsletter

Hello and how are you in these testing times? We hope you are well and doing your best to stay that way.

What with self isolation and safe distancing, to say nothing about our individual difficulties and sadnesses, we may find it hard to cope, at least today we have the phone and the internet and can communicate with each other.

Our Littlehampton Society is fortunately in a sound financial state, which is more than can be said for many charities and institutions. There is an avalanche of appeals for donations of money so please support those you choose as much as you feel you can, perhaps think back over the charities who have provided speakers for our coffee mornings. Can you sew or knit? You can join in making items for our local medics and care workers. You may be able to give support to an organisation by making phone calls to very isolated people. If you, yourself, are in need of any help do not hesitate for a moment to ask for it. And, of course, support our local traders whenever possible.

Our meeting to discuss the first phase of the Town Regeneration has been cancelled with all the others, so we are writing to John Edgvet with a list of questions we would like answered and when we have any information we will pass it on to you.

A planning application in respect of 28, Surrey Street, the old Market Shop has been made, reference is LU/46/20/PL. The materials proposed for the roof and the front windows would, in our opinion, be unsympathetic with the surrounding buildings, so our Society is submitting the appropriate objection. If you can back with up with your own individual objections it would add weight to the need for changing those specifications.

We have obtained a grant for the production of our next Link magazine and work is going to to get articles for it. If you think you have something to contribute, an article of local interest, or a poem about the area for a projected poetry page, or even a suggestion of a contributor we might approach, then please contact Angela, our events secretary.

Stay safe, stay well and we will meet again in the fullness of time.

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February 2020 Newsletter

February 2020 Newsletter

Apologies for the delay in publication which was due to surgery at Worthing Hospital, where all the staff encountered were absolutely wonderful.

For our February Coffee Morning we hosted Turning Tides who are doing great work locally with the homeless, not just in finding beds for the night but also helping people to get back on their feet and contributing to the community. If you feel you can help them with donations or offering support you can find out more at:
www.turning-tides.org.uk

Following the visit to The Littlehampton Academy by Janet Crosley, Sue Penn and Pauline Latter we sent a letter to all councillors with the results of our own survey and the views taken from the school children. Whilst it is perhaps surprising to note how much the views of all age groups in the town have in common (and therefore a good guide to our community’s opinions and requirements), it is less so that there has been little, so far, engagement from our representatives on regeneration matters. However, a chance to grill Hugh Coster at our next coffee morning may prove to be
quite informative.

On the subject of town regeneration, and in the light of recent weathers and climate change, do we not feel that flood mitigation and resilience should be serious considerations at all levels? Or are they? Interesting to read in the application for changes at the old Gratwick pub, LU/376/19/PD, that it is in a “low flood risk area”!
It is at the junction of Anchor Springs and East Street which is the lowest point in the town and we all have seen the photographic evidence of flooding. There are other proposals for this part of town and if they all plead the same low risk will the risk be pushed on to the High Street, Beach Road, etc. Maybe time for reassessment of what does constitute flood risk.

We would very much like to have a small number of “planning application watchers”
to keep us up to speed on developments, not at all a time consuming task if you are unable to attend council meetings, although we do need a couple more for that.

Our coffee morning on 6th March (poster attached) will give us all an opportunity to put questions and ideas to Hugh Coster, Chair of Bognor’s Civic Society and now an independent councillor on ADC, so do come and see what we, and he, can learn.

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January 2020 Newsletter

January 2020 Newsletter

We started the New Year with Dr Sarah Renfrey giving our January Coffee Morning a talk on the work of Littlehampton Community Fridge, whose ethos is reducing food waste as well as helping the less fortunate, indeed, it is open to anybody and everybody. Look them up and see what you can do for them (egg boxes are often needed) as well as what they may have for you.

ADC have their Design Guide (part of the Local Plan) out for comment. Do take a look through it, either at the one copy in the library or online at:
www.arun.gov.uk/supplementary-planning-documents-spds
It is quite a read but well worth the effort as it will (we hope) provide much ammunition for grounds for objections to poor planning applications’ design and siting. There are Response Forms available at the Council and we hope to have some at our February Coffee Morning, alternatively let us have your comments to present through our Society.
It is reported that fresh design drawings for the Town Regeneration of the town centre (which has now got the funding in place!) are soon to be published and our Society will get the opportunity to comment, as well as it going out for public consultation. We are told there will not be any “significant changes” allowed from the first designs, so we are seeking clarification as to what would be less than significant and therefore open to public influence. Keep an eye open for a real chance to have your say if only within their set limits.

On the subject of planning: could we put together, say, 3 or 4 people to share watching planning applications, attending relevant (not all) Councils’ meetings, asking questions or presenting written questions, and so forth, to help our Society keep informed of development around the town?

Our Society is wondering what should be our next major campaign. Ideas have been mentioned around: climate change, future development, increasing risk of floods, etc. Would you like to think about what objectives may be suitable for our Society’s attention and give us your suggestions.
Your Committee is always open to thoughts on fund raising, increasing membership and supporting other local voluntary groups in their projects. We would also wlecome your views on holding lunch time and/or evening meetings. Please come and talk to us.

Our nest Monthly Coffee Morning will be on Friday 7th February, 10.30 am to 12.30 pm, at St. Mary’s Church Hall, Littlehampton, when we will host Turning Tides, whose work on reducing homelessness in the town has just been featured in the Gazette. We hope you will join us for what promises to be an interesting talk, affecting the town’s future ambience, we believe. Our Events team are lining up more speakers on topics of local concern.