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A recent ‘Build a Better A27’ report by transport consultants Systra, has been criticised by concerned community and environmental groups for a lack of sustainable transport solutions. As a result of several workshops over the last year led by West Sussex County Council, and from public engagement exercises, Systra have put forward two possible options for improving the A27 at Chichester.

A crowdfunding campaign is being launched this week to raise funds for a second legal challenge to Highways England, over their plan to put a dual carriageway through Arundel’s watermeadows and the South Downs National Park.

On 24 May CPRE Sussex’s Chair David Johnson attended a rally and spoke at a meeting of the South Downs National Park Authority alongside local people and wildlife groups to urge the Authority to uphold its statutory duty to protect the park and challenge Highways England’s announcement of the preferred route for the Arundel bypass as option 5a.  

Following public consultation last year, Highways England have announced the preferred A27 Arundel bypass route. From three possible options, a modified version of Option 5A has been chosen, and consists of a 4-mile dual carriageway between Crossbush junction and a new junction between Binstead Lane and Yapton Lane.

The government is reviewing an important piece of policy that could change the shape of the English countryside for ever. It is rewriting the National Planning Policy Framework – the rules that determine what kind of houses are built, where they go, and whether it is communities or developers who are at the heart of those decisions. 

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