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A THIRD attempt to build houses on farmland in the centre of a conservation area in Yapton Village is being fought by the parish council and residents.

The latest scheme is for two detached homes, with double garages and four addition street parking spaces at Stakers Farm in North End Road, Yapton.

Residents are furious that West Sussex County Council highway engineers have withdrawn a previous objection from a highway safety point of view following a ‘desk top’ study.

The parish council has complained in its objections to the latest application that there had been no site visit to back up the study and removal of objection.

Members have put in strong objections saying the meadow is still used for agricultural purposes and is not identified in the Local Plan for housing. In addition the loss of open space and views would be detrimental, adversely impacting on the character and appearance of the Yapton Conservation Area, which includes Stakers Farm, a listed building.

It believes the development would be entirely inappropriate and harmful for the area and that it would pose serious concerns about road safety and access. A nearby doctor’s surgery, a sheltered residental development for the elderly and Yapton CE Primary School and a cul-de-sac of five houses all have an effect on the area.

“North End Road is already busy with fast moving traffic. There is a significant overflow of parking on to North End Road, extending to the development area,” the parish has said in its objections.

The Five Village Society is also opposed to the scheme and local resident Mr Tim Scott said the scheme would have an adverse impact on the village and that the site is clearly agricultural and should not be developed.