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Last Updated: Monday, 8 March 2004, 18:51 GMT
Stand-off over move to clear land
Bulldozers at the site
The protesters brought work to a halt for four hours
An angry stand-off has taken place in West Sussex between developers and residents wanting to preserve an area of woodland near their homes.

People stood in front of bulldozers in Lancing to stop them moving and blocked access with cars.

They fear the land is being cleared for housing, or an extension to Shoreham Airport, but the council has received no applications for building work.

Work continued after the council agreed to check it was for scrub clearance.

It's horrifying, it's a really nice estate, nice and quiet, and then something like this happens
Councillor Wendy Gray

The Environment Agency has said it will oppose any development on the land, which is on a floodplain.

Protesters at the site on Monday said they understood housing was the most likely plan for the site.

They said building work would harm wildlife on the land as well as spoiling the area.

Protester Lisa Durrant, who lives on the estate, said: "There's anger that this has happened without us being told, but there's confusion really.

"We don't really know who owns the land, we don't really know who owns the road."

Councillor Wendy Gray, of Adur District Council, said: "It's horrifying, it's a really nice estate, nice and quiet, and then something like this happens.

"We'll have to do some phoning round and find out what is going on."

The work resumed after a four hour stoppage when the council promised to check if the work was anything more than just scrub clearance.

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