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Wednesday, 21 January 2015 11:07

Mid Sussex District Update - January 2015

Written by Michael Brown

We have been taking stock of the results of our interventions in recent planning applications and planning appeals in Mid Sussex. Of the last 10 cases in which we have intervened, we await the result in 4 cases: the planning wheels can grind exceedingly slow!. Of those that have been determined, we are delighted to say that in 4 cases the planning application has either been withdrawn or turned down (in one case after the developer's appeal was rejected on grounds that we argued for) or granted subject to conditions that CPRE advocated. It would be inappropriate hubris to claim that CPRE is solely responsible for these good results, but we do hope that our arguments at least served to focus minds on the core arguments and to galvanise public opinion.

Thursday, 06 November 2014 12:23

New submissions

Written by CPRE Sussex

Documents submitted by Mid-Sussex CPRE Sussex district;

Tuesday, 07 October 2014 12:24

Artists Paint a Canvas for Sussex

Written by CPRE Sussex

Artists from many local villages including Hurstpierpoint, Henfield, Bolney, Wineham and Steyning have joined forces to create a collection of work depicting the beautiful countryside at risk from proposals for a new town in the area.

Thursday, 11 September 2014 15:38

Mid-Sussex update

Written by Michael Brown

Since the last District report in May, there have been a few planning decisions to cheer. These decisions encourage us in our ongoing campaign to ensure that environmental considerations that foster our precious local countryside and its rural heritage are properly weighed in the planning balance against the need (which we fully recognise) for new homes.

Friday, 30 May 2014 11:57

Update: May 2014

Written by Michael Brown

For those concerned with the protection of our countryside and rural communities, the planning picture within Mid Sussex remains deeply depressing: as previously reported, the District Council’s draft Local Plan was withdrawn from examination at the request of the Planning Inspector last December by reason of the Council’s failure to meet its duty to co-operate with neighbouring authorities over housing and other matters of mutual concern.

23 May 2014

Below is is CPRE Sussex's response to the Gatwick Runway consultations, discussed earlier.

16 May 2014

The following letter was published in the Mid Sussex Times in response to claims made by Mayfield Market Towns Ltd:

In last week’s edition you publish a report that a new 10,000 house town near Henfield and Wineham that is being promoted by developers, Mayfield Market Towns Ltd, would destroy the habitat of an important barn owl population.

The would-be developers claim that the real issue is whether their new town there would provide a better solution to delivering much needed new housing for local people. This claim perpetuates two myths - firstly, that there is an accepted local need for a new town on the southern borders of Horsham and Mid Sussex, and secondly that its proposed location is suitable and sustainable.

Neither is true. Both Horsham and Mid Sussex District Councils are in advanced stages of developing long term plans for their Districts: neither of their plans calls for any new market town to meet their Districts’ housing needs. As to location, it is difficult to envisage somewhere less suited to a mega-development than the lovely open countryside around Wineham with no significant local unemployment, with no road, rail or other infrastructure, and on low lying fields prone to flooding from the Adur. Not to mention the barn owls, nightingales and other wonderful wildlife.

We challenge Mayfield to publish the ecological and flood reports that it claims to have commissioned so that we can all judge for ourselves.

Michael Brown

Trustee, Campaign to Protect Rural England, Sussex Branch 

10 March 2014

Last Sunday residents of the picturesque village of Warnham turned out in force to illustrate their anger at Gatwick’s new flight path trial that had been forced over their historic parish without warning.

Over 300 people of all ages as well as residents of Rusper, Slinfold, Horsham, councillors, CPRE and GACC representatives, gathered outside the parish church to hear their local MP, Rt Hon Francis Maude, offer words of support.

Haywards Heath has now published its town plan for public consultation. The draft plan recites a depressingly long list of speculative developments for over 1,500 houses that have been allowed, or are the subject of recent planning applications beyond the town boundaries. With this in mind, the plan prudently calls for brownfield site-only development within the town and a 5 year moratorium on building beyond its existing boundaries whilst the Town Council takes stock of the infrastructure implications of extending the town further.

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