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The Arun District Council has approved general plans for Chalcroft Nursery, Chalcraft Lane, subject to conditions and Landform Estates accepting a planning obligation.

Landform said: “Work on the site is expected to start shortly.

“It is expected that the new development will bring a significant number of new construction jobs as well as new jobs at the nursery and other businesses to the site.”

Landform Estates obtained planning permission for a commercial site and 20 houses at Chalcroft Nursery, Bersted

The 5 acre (2 ha) nursery site is the first phase of a larger 37 acre (15 ha) site that Landform is working on to deliver 225 additional homes, as well as new plots, a public orchard, facilities sports and a new open public space.

The two projects are part of the strategic extension to the west of Bersted of 2,500 housing units.

Landform, along with Pat Cullen and Alastair Smyth, owners and operators of the Chalcroft Nursery, applied for planning last August on the grounds that businesses at the Bersted site are growing so rapidly they need to expand and modernize the facility.

The new development will include new upgraded roads, parking and landscaping.

The nursery is the main tenant of the site and will now expand its operations, with the Hospice St Wilfrid, which has managed a 650m² storage and sales building specially designed for second-hand goods since 2016.

Landorm said it has been such a success that St Wilfrid wants to occupy another building of a similar size.

Currently, there are approximately 31 full-time and approximately eight part-time employees at the site.

Landform said it had worked closely with Bersted Parish Council, neighboring residents and all statutory authorities to consult on the new development and was very pleased that this close dialogue resulted in their support for the proposals.

“A building permit for another 225 houses and landscaped grounds is currently being considered by the Arun district council,” Landform said.

“The program is attracting significant market interest from domestic home builders, which reflects strong market demand and the shortage of new housing in Arun district. The site can make a valuable contribution to meeting Arun’s housing need, which faces a significant supply shortage.