Today, during PMQs, I urged the Government to withdraw its objection to Worthing Borough Council's protection of the North Goring Gap at Chatsmore Farm.
Many residents will be following the council's Judicial Review at the High Court. The High Court case takes place on 20th and 21st July 2022 when we will hope to hear a strong case from the Council's Barrister and the Government's appreciation of why this matters so much to us.
It is wrong that the Inspectorate would overrule the elected council’s justified refusal to build over 400 homes in the Goring Gap. I first warned the Prime Minister of the threat in October 2019, when new planning rules were under review. We continue to make the case abundantly clear to all: Goring Gap must remain green.
Working as a Member of Parliament is about getting things done in the promotion of the well-being, health and happiness of my constituents and the communities around them. This is unending.
Today was an opportunity to focus on what matters to residents: where we live, where we work, and the world our children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren will inherit. Other events will build and fade, we must not lose focus on the things that matter most to us.
The environment we leave behind, the landscape we protect, the communities we defend - these matter an enormous amount. We continue to fight for what is right.