Residents may have seen brochures about proposed developments at Cooks Lane and Penny Lane in Southbourne produced by Seaward Properties. The brochures make it appear that Seaward Properties are working with Southbourne Parish Council (SPC) and the Southbourne Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group (NPSG) to progress these developments and this is misleading.
While the NPSG has sought proposals from a number of land interests in the Parish to meet the 1250 homes required as part of CDC’s Local Plan ‘Preferred Approach’ it is not yet at the stage where any discussions or negotiations are taking place with any of the land interests. All the land interest’s submitted proposals are currently being assessed by the NPSG’s consultants and there is a lot of work to be done in the coming months to prepare a new Neighbourhood Plan that supports the requirement for 1250 homes. It is therefore far too early for Seawards to be suggesting that they are working with the NPSG to bring forward either or both of their sites for development and the same is also true for all other land interests in the Parish. The NPSG will be carrying out further consultation with residents on the new Neighbourhood Plan later in the summer. Of course, at the appropriate stage the NPSG will be negotiating with the preferred land interest(s) to ensure that any new development includes the infrastructure that the Parish needs.
In the meantime if you want to know more about the work carried out by the NPSG so far please see the information provided at the consultation on 24 and 25 March 2019.
Southbourne Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group