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. Full details can be found then on the Arun District Council Planning Portal (link) using this reference: AB/135/20/OUT
See below and our August 2021 Newsletter Update for more information.
On 21 July 2021 Arun District Council Planning Committee approved the Outline Planning Application for the development off Ford Road.
At the ADC Planning meeting there were four in person presentations: two in favour from Guy Dixon (Savills, advisors to Norfolk Estate) and Darrell Gale (Arundel CLT Chair) and two against from Alison Wilkinson and Drew Scrimgeour. There was a statement from Arundel Town Council supporting the plans in light of the 2019 Neighbourhood Plan Review.
After these statements, ADC Councillors briefly debated the plans. Points were made about this being a greenfield site and concerns that other fields would then be built upon. Other councillors spoke about how exciting these plans were, not least because of the involvement of ACLT and the level of affordable housing. Many speakers referred to road and public transport issues.
Click on the links below (in orange) to view the various reports for the 21 July ADC Planning Meeting:
Below we provide a selection of the documents (in A-Z order) submitted as part of the Ford Road Outline Plannning Submission by Norfolk Estate/Savills (click on each Report title in orange to open the pdf document in a new window):
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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.
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.
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.