Plans to build dozens of homes will only exacerbate problems along an already “aggressively” used road.
Such are the claims of residents living in Rusper Road, Ifield, who are opposed to an application to demolish seven houses and replace them with 36 new ones.
The application for outline planning permission was submitted to Horsham District Council (HDC) by Redbrook Developments Ltd in March, eight years after a similar application was refused.
As well as the redevelopment of the land, the application details plans to build an access road, car parking, landscaping and open space.
Malcolm and Val Bender, of Rusper Road, are among several residents opposed to the plan and are calling on HDC to reject it.
In a letter of objection to the proposal, Mr and Mrs Bender stated that, over recent years, Rusper Road had become a ‘relief road’ for traffic from the A264.
They added: “The stretch of Rusper Road which would be affected by the application is already under extreme stress from peak hours, aggressive road use.
“This road, when constructed, was never intended to take this weight of traffic.
“Traffic from the development will add to the existing peak hour congestion on the Hyde Drive/Rusper Road roundabout.”
While agreeing with Mr and Mrs Bender’s concerns, neighbour Paul Gooderson questioned whether drainage on the site was good enough and whether the sewer network would cope with the demands of the development.
He called on HDC to demand that the developers produced a detailed flood risk assessment and foul drainage strategy taking into consideration the effect the development would have on nearby properties.
A spokesman for HDC said the application was subject to consultation and was scheduled tobe considered on October 1 at the next development committee meeting.