Henfield villagers gathered at Horsham District Council offices on Tuesday, March 26, to show their opposition to a plan for 160 houses in West End Lane.
They were at the North Street council offices at 9.30am for the appeal which started at 10am.
Their opposition to a plan from Barratt Southern Counties will be backed by Horsham District Council, who refused planning permission last August.
Tony Jackson, chairman of Henfield Community Partnership, gave evidence to the independent planning inspector.
“There is strong feeling in the village about the possible loss of an outstanding area of beauty and the inadequate infrastructure of the area,” he said. “The increased risk of flooding and strain on overstretched sewerage systems is a major concern.”
Carol Eastwood, vice-chairman of ‘Hands Off Henfield’ says: “The demands on the village from 160 new homes would be more than it could cope with. There are few local jobs, the nearest railway station is almost eight miles away and the car parks in the village are already filled to capacity.”
The appeal hearing is expected to last more than four days.