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MP: Planning Inspector's proposals "totally unrealistic"
21 February 2017
Commenting on the Inspector’s interim conclusions on the housing requirement for the Mid Sussex District Plan, published yesterday (20 February), Arundel & South Downs MP Nick Herbert said:
Arundel & South Downs MP Nick Herbert and Mid Sussex MP Sir Nicholas Soames have described the Mayfield new town proposal as "friendless" with "none of the qualifications for a garden city or town" after the Government announced a new garden town in Oxfordshire this week.
MP marches with villagers against new town
24 November 2014
Arundel & South Downs MP Nick Herbert joined 300 villagers in a march against the proposed new town between Barnham, Eastergate and Westergate Sunday (23 November).
MP warns against "haciendas and gin palaces" in park
25 February 2014
Arundel and South Downs MP Nick Herbert has warned that a proposed planning deregulation could lead to inappropriate developments that damage the character of the South Downs National Park.
Flooding reveals inadequate infrastructure for new housing
11 February 2014
Arundel & South Downs MP Nick Herbert has questioned the adequacy of local infrastructure to support planned housing numbers in West Sussex following recent flooding.
MP warns against back door housing targets
28 October 2013
Arundel and South Downs MP Nick Herbert has warned that housing numbers must be sustainable, and that allowing a "developer-led" approach will not deliver the additional housing that is needed, but "merely deliver a great deal of pain".
MPs reiterate opposition to West Sussex new town
23 October 2013
Arundel & South Downs MP Nick Herbert and Mid Sussex MP Nicholas Soames have reiterated their strong opposition to a proposed new town between Henfield and Hickstead in West Sussex.
Arundel and South Downs MP Nick Herbert has called on the Government to keep its promise to let local people determine the scale of development in their area.
MP urges villages to back Neighbourhood Plans
5 July 2013
Arundel and South Downs MP Nick Herbert has urged villages in his constituency to draw up Neighbourhood Plans in order to give people more control over development in their local area.
Sussex MPs slam Mayfields new town plan
24 June 2013
Mid Sussex MP Nicholas Soames and Arundel and South Downs MP Nick Herbert have united to condemn the proposed Mayfields new town of up to 10,000 houses between Henfield and Sayers Common.
Arundel & South Downs MP Nick Herbert has called on councillors to reject "excessive" housing numbers and ‘garden city' developments after the latest Arun District Local Plan retained the controversial proposals.
Arun District Council is planning a new 'Garden City'-style development of 2,000 houses between Eastergate, Westergate and Barnham, it has been revealed.
MP calls for new measures to ensure local infrastructure
17 December 2012
Arundel & South Downs MP Nick Herbert has called for new measures to ensure that there is adequate local infrastructure to support new housing.
Neighbourhood Planning "in danger of being undermined", warns MP
6 November 2012
Arundel & South Downs MP Nick Herbert has warned that the Government's new policy on neighbourhood planning is in danger of being undermined by a return to central diktat.
Arundel & South Downs MP Nick Herbert has called a public meeting in Angmering to hear views from the local community about proposed housing developments in the village.
400 villagers attend MP's meeting on housing plans
1 October 2012
More than 400 residents of Barnham, Eastergate and Westergate attended a public meeting called by Arundel and South Downs MP Nick Herbert on Friday evening (28 September) to make their views known on housing proposals.
Higher housing numbers are "unwise, unnecessary and unwelcome."
25 September 2012
Arundel & South Downs MP Nick Herbert has criticised proposals in the Draft Arun District Plan to increase housing numbers beyond the level proposed by the Council last year.
MP calls public meeting to discuss 'six villages' housing proposals
11 September 2012
Arundel & South Downs MP Nick Herbert has called a public meeting later this month to discuss proposals to build thousands of houses in the 'six villages' area of West Sussex.
MP visits affordable housing scheme in Amberley
26 July 2010
Arundel & South Downs MP Nick Herbert was in Amberley on Friday (23 July) to visit a new development of affordable homes.
Nick Herbert welcomes decision to drop North Heath & Adversane development
26 February 2010
Arundel & South Downs MP Nick Herbert has welcomed the decision to abandon proposals for a new town of 4,000 houses at North Heath and Adversane.
MP formally objects to Adversane North Heath new town
3 November 2009
Arundel & South Downs MP Nick Herbert has said that a new town of 4,000 houses between North Heath and Adversane would devastate the countryside and fail to deal with the lack of affordable housing in the villages.
MP backs local community against new town proposal
28 October 2009
More than 200 people packed into West Chiltington Village Hall on Monday evening (26 October) to object to proposals for a new town of 4,000 houses between North Heath and Adversane.
Nick Herbert: we must value the countryside
27 October 2009
Arundel & South Downs MP Nick Herbert has outlined plans to protect and restore the countryside if his party forms the next Government.
Nick Herbert visits housing project for disabled people
26 October 2009
Arundel & South Downs MP Nick Herbert has visited a local project that is giving young people with profound and multiple disabilities the chance to enjoy more independent lives.
MP "appalled" by plan for new town at North Heath & Adversane
6 October 2009
Arundel & South Downs MP Nick Herbert has said that he is “appalled” and “wholly opposed” to plans for 4,000 houses in a new town at North Heath and Adversane.
Eco-town campaigners celebrate victory
20 July 2009
Local campaigners met up on Friday afternoon (17 July) to celebrate the Government’s decision not to include Ford on the final shortlist of eco-towns.
Eco-town decision is a "victory for people power"
16 July 2009
Arundel and South Downs MP Nick Herbert has welcomed the Government’s decision to leave Ford off the final shortlist of eco-towns, describing it as a “victory for people power”.
MPs pour cold water on eco-town plans
9 July 2009
West Sussex MPs Nick Herbert (Arundel & South Downs) and Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton) have raised new doubts about plans to build an eco-town at Ford in the light of proposals to weaken the area’s flood defences.
MP backs local residents opposing travellers' sites
18 May 2009
Arundel & South Downs MP Nick Herbert has given his backing to Arun residents who are objecting to the location of permanent sites for travellers in their villages.
Conservatives will scrap "unsustainable" building targets
11 May 2009
Arundel & South Downs MP and Shadow Environment Secretary Nick Herbert has said that the Conservatives will scrap Government targets that could see the construction of tens of thousands of new houses across West Sussex.
MPs urge Housing Minister to reject Ford eco-town
5 May 2009
West Sussex MPs Nick Herbert (Arundel & South Downs) and Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton) met with Housing Minister Margaret Beckett last week (28 April) to restate their opposition to an ‘eco-town’ at Ford.
Arun villages unite against "unsustainable" housing plans
27 April 2009
Arundel & South Downs MP Nick Herbert has handed a joint statement to Arun District Council on behalf of several villages that have joined forces to fight plans to build thousands of new houses in the district.
Minister agrees to meet with MPs to discuss eco-town proposal
23 March 2009
West Sussex MPs Nick Herbert (Arundel & South Downs) and Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton) will meet with Housing Minister Margaret Beckett to discuss the Government’s proposal to build an ‘eco-town’ at Ford.
Housing targets for Arun are "unsustainable"
28 January 2009
Arundel & South Downs MP Nick Herbert has said that the Government-imposed targets for house-building in Arun over the next 20 years are unsustainable and threaten the character of our villages and countryside.
MPs renew call for Government to drop eco-town proposal
6 January 2009
Local MPs have renewed their call for the Government to withdraw Ford from the shortlist of proposed eco-towns, saying that it is not a viable option.
Local residents vow to fight on against eco-town
17 November 2008
Local residents packed into Yapton and Ford Village Hall on Friday evening (14 November) to express their continuing opposition to the proposal to build an ‘eco-town’ at Ford.
Government's own assessment highlights pitfalls of Ford eco-town
11 November 2008
Local MPs have called on Ministers to drop their plans for an eco-town at Ford after the Government's own report raised serious questions about the suitability of Ford as the site for an ‘eco-town’.
Eco-town campaign goes to 10 Downing Street
3 October 2008
A delegation from Communities Against Ford Eco-Town (CAFE) went to Number 10 Downing Street yesterday (2 October) to deliver a petition signed by 10,000 people.
Minister "still not listening" to eco-town concerns
6 August 2008
Arundel & South Downs MP Nick Herbert has expressed concern that the Government is “still not listening” to the concerns of local residents, councils and MPs about the proposal to build an ‘eco-town’ of at least 5,000 houses at Ford.
New Government housing targets raise serious concerns
21 July 2008
Arundel & South Downs MP Nick Herbert has warned that new housing targets for the South East announced by the Government last week (17 July) raise “serious concerns”, especially over lack of local infrastructure.
MPs urge Minister to "think again" on eco-town
14 July 2008
Arundel & South Downs MP Nick Herbert and Bognor Regis & Littlehampton MP Nick Gibb held a meeting with Housing Minister Caroline Flint last week to discuss the proposed ‘eco-town’ at Ford.
Suspend contract for 'secret' bail hostels
14 July 2008
Arundel & South Downs MP Nick Herbert has called for the suspension of a private contract to house prisoners in the community following claims from a ‘whistleblower’ that the public are being put at risk.
Eco-town campaigners lobby Parliament
2 July 2008
Campaigners against the proposed ‘eco-town’ at Ford took their fight to Westminster on Monday (30 June).
Eco-town plans are "falling apart"
25 June 2008
Arundel & South Downs MP Nick Herbert has said the proposals for an ‘eco-town’ at Ford are “falling apart” following a report published on Monday (23 June) by the Government’s Eco-Town Challenge Panel.
Eco-town campaigners to lobby Parliament
24 June 2008
Campaigners fighting the proposal for an ‘eco-town’ at Ford will lobby Parliament next week (30 June).
MPs raise eco-town concerns in Commons
23 June 2008
West Sussex MPs Nick Herbert and Nick Gibb called for local councils to be allowed to say where new housing will go during a Commons debate on Thursday afternoon (19 June).
Local people "shut out" of eco-town decision
16 June 2008
Arundel & South Downs MP Nick Herbert has criticised proposals to build an eco-town at Ford, saying that “local people are simply shut out of the argument”.
Protest march against Ford eco-town
9 June 2008
Thousands of protestors joined a rally and march against a proposed eco-town in West Sussex on Saturday morning (7 June).
Nick Herbert slams eco-town claims
29 May 2008
Arundel & South Downs MP Nick Herbert has warned that developers envisage a far greater scale of development at Ford than the 5,000 eco-town houses claimed.
Arundel residents voice strong concerns about Ford eco-town
21 May 2008
Local residents packed into Arundel Town Hall on Monday evening (19 May) to voice their concerns at the proposal to build an eco-town at Ford.
Celebrities urge support for march against Ford eco-town
20 May 2008
Celebrities Ben Fogle and Duncan Goodhew are urging people to support a march and rally organised by local campaign group Communities Against Ford Eco-Town (CAFE). CAFE have announced that the event will take place on Saturday 7th June at 10am.
Think tank criticises eco-town proposals
13 May 2008
A report by independent think tank ‘Reform’ has criticised the Government’s policy of building ‘eco-towns’.
Launch of CAFE
6 May 2008
Local campaign group Communities Against Ford Eco-Town (CAFE) was launched formally on Friday afternoon (2 May).
Residents vow to fight Ford eco-town
6 May 2008
Local residents packed into Yapton and Ford Village Hall on Thursday evening (1 May) to voice their concerns at the proposal to build an eco-town at Ford.
87 per cent of eco-town site is greenfield land
29 April 2008
Local campaign group Communities Against Ford Eco-Town (CAFE) has called on the Government to admit that the proposed eco-town at Ford would be built almost entirely on greenfield land.
Community to form united campaign against Ford eco-town
22 April 2008
Members of the community in Ford and neighbouring villages and towns are joining forces to set up a united campaign against the proposed Ford eco-town.
MPs vow to fight Ford eco-town
3 April 2008
West Sussex MPs Nick Herbert (Arundel & South Downs) and Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton) have vowed to continue the fight against an eco-town at Ford following the Government’s announcement that the site has been shortlisted for 5,000 homes.
MPs raise concerns about Ford eco-town in Commons
4 March 2008
Nick Herbert raised concerns about the proposals for an eco-town at Ford in the Commons debate this afternoon (4 March).
Minister refuses to meet MPs over eco-town concerns
4 February 2008
A Government Minister has refused to meet Arundel & South Downs MP Nick Herbert and Bognor Regis and Littlehampton MP Nick Gibb to discuss proposals for an eco-town at Ford.
Eco-towns must not subvert local planning process
8 January 2008
Arundel & South Downs MP Nick Herbert has expressed concern that proposals for an Eco-town at Ford will subvert the normal planning process.
Report proposes 64,100 houses for West Sussex by 2026
29 August 2007
Commenting on the publication of the Examination in Public Panel Report on the South East Plan which proposes that 64,100 houses should be built in West Sussex over the course of the next twenty years, or 3,205 per annum, Arundel & South Downs MP Nick Herbert said:
New figures reveal true extent of "garden grabbing"
14 June 2007
New figures show that more than one third of new houses in West Sussex are being built on the sites of former homes and their back gardens.
Nick Herbert expresses concern at unsustainable council tax rises
4 March 2006
Arundel and South Downs MP Nick Herbert has expressed concern at the 4.9 per cent council tax increase agreed by West Sussex County Council for 2006-07.
Call on John Prescott to state infrastructure needed to meet housebuilding targets
14 November 2005
Arundel & South Downs MP Nick Herbert has asked the Deputy Prime Minister for his assessment of the infrastructure improvements needed to meet the Government’s targets for house building in the South East.
29 July 2010
Meet Nick Herbert MP
24 November 2009
Core Strategy for Horsham District
30 October 2009
North Heath & Adversane
15 October 2009
10 July 2009
18 May 2009
30 April 2009
South Downs National Park, April 2009
6 April 2009
National Park, April 2009
3 April 2009
Adjournment Debate: Ford Eco-Town
18 March 2009
Breaking point for rural communities
26 January 2009
22 January 2009
Nick's Week, November 2008
6 November 2008
31 July 2008
30 June 2008
24 April 2008
Joined up Government
3 April 2008
27 December 2007
4 October 2007
20 July 2007
Home Information Packs
4 May 2007
22 March 2007
Sir Michael Marshall
21 September 2006
"I pledge to work hard for everyone in the constituency, to stand up for local people, and to be a strong voice at Westminster for your concerns"