West Sussex pioneers community development orders under Community Right to Build scheme

Three development orders proposed by Ferring Parish Council in West Sussex have become some of the first to be examined and recommended for referendum under the Government's Community Right to Build scheme.

This allows for Community Right to Build Orders (CRTBOs) for development projects of benefit to the local community. If approved by an examiner and 50 per cent of people voting in a referendum, CRTBOs circumvent the need for planning permission for the development described in the orders.

The parish council submitted three CRTBOs to Arun District Council alongside the emerging neighbourhood plan (which also successfully passed its examination).

The orders provide proposals for three sites allocated for development in the neighbourhood plan which proposes up to 50 new homes by 2029.

Two of the CRTBOs proposed the construction of housing aimed at elderly residents looking to remain within the village but seeking smaller homes. One involved a cluster of10 one-bedroom 'downsizer' homes on land currently occupied by the village hall in the centre of the parish.

The proposed loss of the existing village hall was covered by the third CRTBO which contained proposals for the demolition of the existing Glebelands community centre and its replacement with a larger, two-storey community centre with up to 1,300 square metres of floor space.

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