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Infrastucture needs to be better, says MP

MP Nick Herbert has called for new measures to ensure there is adequate infrastructure to support new housing.

The Conservative MP for Arundel and South Downs tabled an amendment to the Growth and Infrastructure Bill, which would have required planning authorities to identify sufficient infrastructure, such as transport links, flood defences, schools and medical facilities.

He fears new housing could worsen already serious problems with sewage in Pulborough and other growing villages.

Mr Herbert, whose constituency also includes Cowfold, Henfield, Steyning and Storrington, told MPs: “Drainage in my constituency is so inadequate that after heavy rainfall households face the problem of sewage rising in their gardens or running in the streets.

“People have to ensure that their loos do not back up. That is an intolerable situation for residents in my constituency.”

Although he did not support Mr Herbert’s amendment, planning minister Nick Boles said: “We are looking at all the planning guidance provided to local authorities about how they should go about interpreting the national planning policy framework and putting that into their local plans.

“I will look at making sure that the guidance is very clear about the need to plan positively and specifically for infrastructure.”

Mr Herbert organised a drainage summit, held at Chichester College’s Brinsbury Campus on Friday last week.

Council leaders, the Environment Agency and Southern Water chief executive Matthew Wright heard from Pulborough, Sayers Common and Barnham residents.

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