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Update report for Mid Sussex District as at end August 2019

More homes, but not enough!

Driving around Mid Sussex you might think that there was a lot of house building underway. And indeed there is....

Monday, 04 February 2019 12:43

Mid-Sussex update

Written by Michael Brown

Mid-Sussex updates, including latest from Burgess Hill, Mayfield Market Town, Hassocks, High Weald, Horsted Keynes and Gatwick.

Mid Sussex’s new District Plan is now operational.  This update looks at the early stages of its implementation. There have been some early and interesting decisions. 

Monday, 23 April 2018 08:32

Letter: Crass threat to Neighbourhood Plans

Written by Roger F Smith

Letter published by the West Sussex County Times, 19 April 2018


Threat to Neighbourhood Plans: inequitable and crass

Monday, 23 April 2018 08:26

Letter: Mid Sussex set up to fail

Written by Roger F Smith

Letter published by West Sussex Gazette 11 April 2018


Mid Sussex set-up-to-fail

Thursday, 16 November 2017 18:18

Mid Sussex Update – Winter 2017

Written by Michael Brown

The principal focus of our work in Mid Sussex has continued to relate to the new draft District Plan, the details of which we reported in our July update and by letter to all CPRE members living in Mid Sussex.  It is a draft Plan which intends to require new homes to be built at a rate of 876 dwellings p.a., a rate which the District has never consistently achieved before, and it is set to rise still further (to 1,090 dpa) from 2024.   The challenge of finding sustainable locations for this massive hike in new building without ruining the prized rural character of Mid Sussex is going to be a formidable one.  It will put huge pressure on the District Council (MSDC) to give proper weight to the environmental and countryside protections that planning rules purport to offer when assessing site allocations and planning applications.  The role of CPRE has never been more important.

Monday, 06 November 2017 15:16

Letter: the hocus pocus of housing target maths

Written by Roger F Smith

Letter published by the West Sussex County Times 2 November 2017

Mid Sussex's new District Plan has at last got through its public examination phase and taken a significant step forward towards implementation.  CPRE Sussex took an active part throughout the 9 months of the public examination period, pressing the case for a more appropriate balance to be drawn between the drive for new housing and the District’s special environmental and landscape character. We found ourselves fighting not only the developers but sadly also the Council.

Friday, 16 June 2017 10:00

Mid Sussex District Plan examination update

Written by Michael Brown

The public examination of the draft District Plan prepared by Mid Sussex District Council (MSDC) rumbles on with a further two days of hearings on housing-related matters convened for late July.

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