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We are backing local campaigners in their fight to save ancient woodlands from development, at Titnore Lane, West Durrington near Worthing in West Sussex. We have written to Paul Yallop, leader of Worthing Borough Council, and James Appleton, head of planning, urging them to reject the plans for 1,250 houses and other buildings there.
The proposed development involves the loss of an important open space and will remove one of the crucial green lungs in this part of West Sussex. The roadworks in connection with the development will smash through a rare and ancient semi-natural woodland, which is much enjoyed by the public and is important for wildlife. They will also destroy Titnore Lane, an ancient route of great significance.
Much of the surrounding area is now in the South Downs National Park, and such a development will be an eyesore from the viewpoint at High Salvington and across to Highdown Hill. This intrusion will be completely contrary to National Park principles and a stab in the back to the newly-designated area.
See www.protectourwoodland.co.uk for further information about the history and what is now proposed.