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Friday, 01 November 2013 09:27

MPs condemn Sussex new town plans

1 November 2013

At a packed public meeting on 18 October held jointly by CPRE Sussex and Locals Against Mayfield Building Sprawl, local MPs lambasted the plan to build 10,000 new homes on land between Henfield and Sayers Common.

Nick Herbert MP for Arundel and South Downs said, “This new town proposal is a con, not wanted by the parish council or district council.”

Nicholas Soames, MP for Mid Sussex, joined CPRE Sussex's Roger Smith and Georgia Wrighton in declaring it to be “an appalling, opportunistic proposal.”

Read a full account of the meeting in our Mayfield campaign section

CPRE Sussex have submitted a response to proposed new government rules which will allow allow developers to transform "unused" agricultural buildings into homes. CPRE Sussex are concerned about the impact on the Sussex landscape and local communities. Georgia Wrighton, Director of CPRE Sussex responded to the consultation. See letter below:

Saturday, 19 October 2013 09:02

BBC film on Mayfields Market Town

On 16 October hundreds of people protested the plan for a new town of 10,000 homes in the Sussex countryside, tying a seven-mile-long yellow ribbon around the 1,000-acre site of the proposed Mayfield new town.

Saturday, 19 October 2013 08:45

BBC film on Mayfields Market Town

Mayfields residents and countryside campaign groups including CPRE Sussex and LAMBS (Locals Against Mayfield Building Sprawl) created a 7 mile long yellow ribbon around the proposed building site.

7 October 2013


PHOTOCALL MAYFIELD MARKET TOWN MEETING: Friday 18 October 7.30pm Adastra Hall, Keymer Road, Hassocks

Nick Herbert MP for Arundel and South Downs and Nicholas Soames MP for Mid Sussex will speak at a meeting organised by Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) Sussex and Locals Against Mayfield Building Sprawl (LAMBS) on Friday 18 October 7.30pm.

16 October 2013

Georgia Wrighton, Director of CPRE Sussex responded on Monday to a Department of Communities and Local Government consultation which proposes to remove the requirement to notify landowners above fracking/shale gas drilling activities going on underground beneath their properties.

The new proposed standard application form will fail to "consider the complex and far-reaching impacts of unconventional oil and gas exploration and extraction, and attempts to ignore real concerns in the countryside about the impacts on local people and the environment," says Wrighton.

Read the full response here in our Fracking campaigns section.

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7 October 2013

The Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) is urging people to write to their local MP today about a draft new Government website on planning guidance.

If the website is not improved it will frustrate the building of thousands of affordable homes, and lead to local councils being repeatedly overruled about where, and what type of, new housing is built in their area.

Friday, 04 October 2013 10:11

CPRE Sussex Journalism Bursary 2013

The Annual CPRE Sussex Countryside Trust Bursary of £500.00 will be awarded to a student journalist studying at City College Brighton & Hove who has a serious interest in raising awareness of environmental and countryside issues over the course of the coming year.

When: Friday 18 October 7.30pm

Where: Adastra Hall, Keymer Road, Hassocks BN6 8QH

Developers are seeking government support for a new town, the size of Burgess Hill right here.

IT WILL AFFECT YOU, potentially devalue your home and cover the countryside around Henfield, Woodmancote, Shermanbury, Twineham, Wineham, Sayers Common, Albourne, Blackstone, Hickstead & Hurstpierpoint. We must act now. Find out more about this vast proposed development.

Come and make your voice heard

Keynote Speakers:

  • Nick Herbert MP Arundel & South Downs
  • Nicholas Soames MP Mid Sussex
  • Anthony Watts-Williams Locals Against Mayfield Building Sprawl (LAMBS)

Chair: Dr Roger Smith Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) Sussex

This meeting is jointly organised by CPRE Sussex and LAMBS Locals Against Building Sprawl

About this meeting

Campaigners say that developer’s plans will concrete over precious countryside, precious though not benefitting from any special protection which would provide some chance against the ‘development at all costs’ bias we are seeing in national planning policy implementation. Locals fear that this much loved landscape could be sacrificed to profit over proper planning.

Georgia Wrighton, Director of CPRE Sussex said “Neither plans being developed by Horsham or Mid Sussex District Councils identify the need for proposals being put forward by Mayfield Market Town Ltd, yet local democracy is in danger of being undermined by pressure being put to bear by company interests. The need for housing is undeniable in Sussex but how much, where and how that development is provided must be allowed to be debated locally, not foisted upon communities by have-a-go developers taking advantage of mixed messages from government. We are looking to government to show us that Localism works in practice.”

CPRE say that there is enough brownfield land to build 740,920 new dwellings in the southern regions (London, South East, and the South West) and that developers are holding onto land for 400,000 homes locked up in planning permissions not yet built in the UK. This public meeting follows a major conference held by CPRESussex in March ‘Futureproofing Sussex’ which showcased the CPRE national report ‘Countryside Promises: Planning realities’. The report analyses the way that the government’s planning policy, the National Planning Policy Framework has been applied since its introduction last year, highlighting that the views of local communities have been overruled time and time again with major new housing developments being allowed to sprawl across precious countryside.  

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