the site and environmental considerations

Inglefield Proposals - click for larger image background to Inglefield Application - click for larger image
background to Inglefield Application - click for larger image
The Site

Inglefield is located on 6.47 Ha / 15.98 acres to the west of Southbourne. Access is to be taken from Main Road (the A259) via Alfrey Close. The site is defined to the south by the side gardens of existing houses fronting Alfrey Close and the rear gardens of houses fronting directly onto Main Road. To the east, the site is defined by the rear gardens of houses fronting Garsons Road. To the north, the Brighton to Southampton rail line defines the site and to the west the site is partially defined by an existing hedgerow and ditch.

Please click on Image A for an annotated aerial photograph of the site and Image B for an existing view north into the site from Alfrey Close.

Environmental Considerations

Over the years that HLM have been promoting development in Southbourne, we have developed a thorough understanding of the site and its context in order to identify key issues which need to be taken into account in developing these proposals. These include, for example, existing hedgerows and trees, the public footpaths adjacent and through the site, drainage, vehicular access and the impact upon the amenity of adjacent neighbouring properties.

Detailed technical assessments have been undertaken to provide an understanding of the impacts of development, the results of which are illustrated in Image C and are summarised below: (Please click to enlarge Image C for the plans key).

Access
The details of vehicular access are as approved to facilitate the care scheme through Alfrey Close.  Existing public footpaths will be retained and extended.

Drainage
The contours fall very gently to a low point to the south west of the site. An existing ditch runs up the western boundary. This ditch will be retained and utilised alongside a new pond to create an effective and sustainable drainage system for the development. This also mirrors the approved Care Scheme proposals.

Archaeology
An assessment of the site concludes that the site has low/ moderate potential to contain Iron Age or Roman remains and that any remains on site are unlikely to prejudice the principles of the development. It has been agreed with Chichester District Council that, in the event that planning permission is granted, further investigations will be undertaken before the commencement of development on site.

Ecology
A detailed ecological appraisal of the site has concluded the following:

  • The Chichester and Langstone Harbours Special Protection Area (SPA), Special Area for Conservation (SAC), RAMSAR site and Special Site for Scientific Interest (SSSI) lies within 1km to the south of the site. It is not considered that the development will have a significant impact on these designations and a financial contribution will be made towards future management.
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  • Hedgerows around the site provide valuable wildlife corridors however the hedgerows around the site are in need of enhancement. Hedgerows will be extended and enhanced with additional planting and new woodland and wetland habitats created in order to increase the site’s biodiversity.
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  • No evidence of badgers or Great Crested Newts was found.
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  • Existing habitats are not considered suitable to sustain a significant population of reptiles or to be important for over-wintering birds. A number of slow worms have been recorded and a suitable area will need to be set aside within the proposed public open space for slow worm habitat.

Landscape
A detailed landscape and visual appraisal has been undertaken which demonstrates that views of the site are limited to those residents backing onto the site from Garsons Road, Main Road and Alfrey Close, residents backing onto the rail line within Manor Gardens, passing travellers using the rail line and walkers using the Public Right of Ways through and in close proximity to the site.

The site itself is considered unremarkable, hedgerows are in a generally poor condition and in need of enhancement, and tree coverage is low.