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Proposed Mayfield Market Town would lie in this part of the Weald Proposed Mayfield Market Town would lie in this part of the Weald © LAMBS

After some evident hesitation on the part of the Planning Inspectorate (PI), the public examination has started into the housing policies proposed by the District Council in their draft District Plan. MSDC has calculated the District’s need for new housing during the period 2014 – 2031 at 13,536 new homes, and planned to overcome PI criticism of its previously inadequate co-operation with neighbouring authorities by offering to build 864 homes towards the needs of Crawley BC which, like a number of adjacent districts, is unable to meet its own housing needs. To meet this need the draft Plan therefore envisages new houses being built at a rate of 800 p.a. throughout the Plan period – MSDC’s annual housing target.

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The application to build five houses and a further large structure at Spring Barn Farm was refused by South Downs National Park Authority Planning committee at their meeting on 9 April 2015.

CPRE Sussex's Vic Ient reports on the background to the decision and the process by which the application was refused:

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