Society to fight A27 bypass plan

The lifeboat from Selsey positioning itself alongside the Eridan
The lifeboat from Selsey positioning itself alongside the Eridan

THE SOUTH Downs National Park would be ‘severely damaged’ by a northern bypass around Chichester, conservationists have argued.

The South Downs Society has urged residents to sign the ‘Chichester Deserves Better’ petition, opposing 
any potential northern route as part of plans to improve the A27.

Chairman Robert Cheesman said: “We fully recognise that there are major traffic issues on the bypass and understand the need for improvements, but those changes can be made to the existing route, not by constructing a major new expressway along the edge of the national park.”

The ‘Chichester Deserves Better’ group has, meanwhile, released details of a letter 
sent by a well-known developer to a local landowner, trying to secure an agreement to ‘promote and thereafter maximise the value of the land’.

The letter, which relates to more than 30 acres of green fields, states it is seeking land in Chichester which may have potential for strategic allocation at the next local plan review.

The group believes this ‘proves beyond any doubt 
that once the bypass is in, housing and other development will fill the entire gap between Chichester and the bypass’.