CAMELSDALE residents battling against Chichester District Council’s plan to include a site off Sturt Avenue as suitable for 10 new homes, are celebrating victory.

Lynchmere Parish Council, two ward councillors and 47 residents, called on the district council not to allocate the site in its Local Plan, due to access and flood concerns.

Following a lengthy discussion at its full council meeting, members voted 20-19 to go against officers’ recommendation and remove the site allocation.

“Lynchmere Parish Council is delighted by the decision,” its clerk Kate Bain said. “Thanks go to our vice-chairman Sandie Moore and our district councillors Norma Graves and Philippa Harwick for their hard work on the matter.

“Two consultations had taken place on the re-inclusion of the site for a proposed 10 dwellings.

“Residents, parish and local district councillors all combined forces to oppose the reallocation of this site. An appeal to the inspector about this decision could still be made to try and get the site reinstated into the Chichester Local Development Plan.”