The Norfolk Estate (via Fitzalan Estate Ltd) and Savills (Project Team) are working together to bring forward proposals to develop land at Ford Road with 90 new homes (including 30% Affordable Homes), a community building and public open space as set out in the 2019 -2031 Arundel Neighbourhood Plan.
Arundel CLT are partnering with the Project Team, and our Registered Provider (RP), Aster, to deliver 20 affordable homes at social rents, the remaining 7 affordable homes will be delivered by the RP on a shared ownership scheme. All the affordable homes will be for eligible Arundel families or individuals.
The Ford Road Project Team engaged with Arundel residents and other local stakeholders in August 2020 via a virtual consultation as well as pre-booked drop in sessions at the Town Hall, the results of this are given in a report as part of the Outline Planning submission & below.
An Outline Planning Application was submitted by Savills on behalf of the Norfolk Estate in early December 2020.
This was summarised in our August 2021 Newsletter, when Outline Planning was granted in July 2021.
Since then then the important s106 Agreement was signed and a partnership formed betweem Fitzalan Estates and Esquire Developent to take the project forward.
Full details can be found then on the Arun District Council Planning Portal (link) using this reference: AB/135/20/OUT or view our Ford Road Planning page. Please note that in August 2022 the Reserved Matters Applications arising from conditions imposed by the above planning application were submitted by Esquire Developments to ADC - These can also be found on the Ford Road Planning page.
In June 2022 Esquire Developments consulted with the Arundel Community on the latest designs and masterplan for Arundel Gate, on the Ford Road site.
The Esquire plans can be viewed on their Consultation Website, comments will be accepted until 30 June 2022.
On this website (and with this link) you can view and download all the exhibtion panels (NB 33MB file) including: About Esquite Developments, their approach to climate change, design developement, the proposed plans, landscape design, next steps etc.
If you are interested in applying for one of the affordable homes, you need to register your interest with Arun District Council, on their 'Finding a Home/Community Land Trusts' dedicated page (click the orange text link or the button below) .
If you are interested in both Social Rent and Shared Ownership you need to complete a separate e-form for each.
When you open the hyperlink, scroll down to find the link 'Register Your Interest with Arundel CLT' and click through.
Also, please take note of the advice immediately below that says:
Renting - We also recommend that you apply to join ADC's Housing Register, if eligible, to ensure that we are aware of your circumstances and to make sure you are given the correct priority.
Shared ownership - You’ll need to register with the government’s South of England Help to Buy Agent.
We hope you find the form straight-forward, but do let us know if you encounter any issues and we will do what we can to help.
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On 1 October, our Chair, Darrell Gale and Treasurer, James Stewart met with our MP, Andrew Griffith for a ‘round table’ discussion on the development of CLTs. This was a very useful meeting, not just because we were able to raise important issues with the MP but also because we were able to meet representatives of other local CLTs from Slindon, Angmering & Eastergate/Westergate/Barnham.
At the meeting Andrew Griffith confirmed that he was not opposed to development on greenfield sites where they arise out of a made Neighbourhood Plan.
Following the meeting Andrew Griffith wrote to the Rt Hon Chris Pincher, MP & Minister for State in the Dept of Housing, Communities and Local Government. The letter raised points about certainty for CLT funding, taxation of CLTs, and strengthening Neighbourhood Plans and access to specialist advisers.
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On 12th November three of the parties to the Ford Road Development of 90 homes (Fitzalan Estates, Arundel Town Council and Arundel Community Land Trust Ltd) gathered to sign the section 106 Agreement.
A s106 Agreement is a formal deed made pursuant to ‘Section 106 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 to secure planning obligations which are required in order to make a proposed development acceptable in planning terms. The idea is that the planning obligations mitigate the impact of a proposed development.
The Ford Road Development s106 agreement has various sections covering amongst other things the Nomination and Allocations arrangements and Local Lettings Agreement for the 20 socially rented and 7 shared ownership homes on the site.
(click on orange text to view the Local Lettings agreement for each type of affordable home).
Other sections deal with the new community building and new allotments on the site to be managed by Arundel Town Council on land donated by Fitzalan Estate; and the new public open spaces for the whole community to enjoy, linked to the public rights of way network.
This milestone agreement is the result of months of hard work and negotiation to achieve the aims of the 2019 Neighbourhood Plan to provide much needed truly affordable homes for the people of Arundel, and in so doing keeping the community together when families and individuals would otherwise they may have to move away from the area.
See our February 2022 Press Release which sets out more on these important milestones for ACLT.
Earl Henry signed for the Fitzalan Estates, The Town Clerk, Carolyn Baynes, for Arundel Town Council and Chair, Darrell Gale for Arundel Community Land Trust. Witnesses/counter signatories were Alastair Deighton (FE), Mayor Tony Hunt (ATC), Angela Standing (ATC) and Hilary Knight (ACLT).
Also present was James Stewart, who chaired both the 2014 and 2019 Arundel Neighbourhood Plans and is currently a director and treasurer for the Arundel Community Land Trust.