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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.

Alarm bells should ring about the latest planning appeal decision made by the Secretary of State for Communities & Local Government who has allowed a proposed 40 posh home development to proceed at Birchin Fields in the fast diminishing green gap between Haywards Heath and Lindfield.

Thursday, 21 July 2016 08:46

SDNP respond to concerns over Pondtail Wood

Written by William Shaw

Download a copy of the South Downs National Parks Authority to concerns raised about Pondtail Wood, written by Margaret Paren, Chair of SDNP.

There has been no public progress on finalising MSDC’s District Plan to the point where it can be submitted to the Planning Inspectorate for public examination.  Submission was originally due in September 2015, but has been repeatedly delayed with no public explanation, and with no minuted discussion at Council scrutiny or cabinet level.  The officer responsible for the delivery of the Plan left the Council in May.  All deeply disturbing and wholly unsatisfactory.

Monday, 11 April 2016 08:05

Mid Sussex District Update – April 2016

Written by Michael Brown

The District Council has again deferred submitting its draft District Plan to the Planning Inspectorate for public examination.  Late substantive amendments to its proposals significantly to increase the District’s housing target and to allocate for a 600 home development a site within the High Weald AONB near to Pease Pottage – a site that the Council itself had described last summer as “very unsuitable” for housing – have proved to be very controversial.  We await the submission version of the draft Plan with mixed interest and trepidation.  Meanwhile, MSDC’s Head of Economic and Planning has announced that she is leaving.

Friday, 29 January 2016 09:41

Mid Sussex update: Jan 2016

Written by Michael Brown

The most significant story is the painfully rumbling saga of the District Council’s flailing attempts to pin down a draft of its new long term District Plan (it will run until 2031) that is fit to present to the Planning Inspectorate for public examination.  We report separately below on the latest position, and on the representations that CPRE Sussex has made to the Council on the most recent changes that it has proposed to its draft plan.  We remain deeply unhappy with key aspects of that draft Plan.  It is too important and will be too long-lasting for it to be wrong.

Mid Sussex update (January 2016)

The most significant story is the painfully rumbling saga of the District Council’s flailing attempts to pin down a draft of its new long term District Plan (it will run until 2031) that is fit to present to the Planning Inspectorate for public examination.  We report separately below on the latest position, and on the representations that CPRE Sussex has made to the Council on the most recent changes that it has proposed to its draft plan.  We remain deeply unhappy with key aspects of that draft Plan.  It is too important and will be too longlasting for it to be wrong.

Residents of Hassocks in Mid Sussex are celebrating their success in fighting off a misguided application by developers, Gleesons, to build 97 houses in a strategic gap between Hassocks and Hurstpierpoint.  And that success is all down to their own hard work in developing their own case and robust evidence.

Frack Free Balcombe Residents association have issued a press release condemning the Environment Agency's proposals which "would do away with site-specific permits for many onshore ‘oil and gas activities’", pointing out that the new "standard rules" would "include a sinister successor to fracking: ‘acidising’, with hydrofluoric acid".

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