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Monday, 15 October 2012 12:46

Update: Lewes

Written by John Kay

Newhaven incinerator

The incinerator is now operational.

Peacehaven wastewater treatment plant

This giant facility has now disappeared underground, and will soon be processing Brighton's sewage.

Lewes District Core Strategy

Planners have been considering the consultation responses to the draft version of the Core Strategy, plus the implications of the NPPF, for almost a year. The submission version, containing urban and rural housing targets, is now believed to be imminent (expected to be published mid-October).

Proposed Clay Hll reservoir

CPRE argued strongly and effectively against the inclusion of the proposed Clay Hill water storage reservoir, near Ringmer, at the Inquiry into the 2009 South East Water WRMP (Water Resources Management Plan), on environmental and landscape grounds. Our reservations were largely accepted in the Inspector's report. The team preparing the revised WRMP for 2014 has now decided to omit Clay Hill from its feasible options, though a number of alternative reservoir options are still under consideration.

Waste disposal by land raising

CPRE's opposition to changing the Wealden landscape by tipping thousands of tons of domestic and commercial waste onto unspoilt coutryside has also been successful. The final version of the East Sussex, Brighton & Hove Waste & Minerals Plan, currently subject to Examination, dismisses the landraise options in favour of increased recycling and recovery of the materials present.

Local issues:

CPRE successfully opposed planning applications to develop a large elderly care facility on a greenfield countryside site near South Chailey (refused by the Planning Applications Committee, against officers' recommendations) and a premature application, in advance of the Core Strategy and the Newick neighbourhood Plan, for residential development on a SHLAA site at Newick Hill (withdrawn in the face of opposition). Having a stand at the Lewes District Summer Fair was a successful, generating a great deal of interest and discussion.

Monday, 15 October 2012 12:36

Update: Horsham & Crawley

Written by Roger F Smith

Horsham District Planning Framework

Consultation on Horsham District Council’s Horsham District Planning Framework – ‘Preferred Strategy’ is imminent. ‘Possible’ strategic sites’ identified by HDC, all of which are greenfield, are as follows:


  • East of Billingshurst: 1750 new houses.
  • New Market Town: “Approximately 10,000 (total) ...2,500 of these delivered in Horsham District in the short to medium term”.
  • North of Horsham; 4,500 new houses, plus up to 300,000 square feet of business and office space.
  • West of Ifield: up to 2500 new houses.
  • West of Southwater: 2,500 new houses.


House numbers, which are likely to be greater than the South East Plan allocation, and the identified strategic sites have yet to be ratified by the Council. We will be taking part in the consultation.


With others, we are opposing outline applications for major developments on countryside at:


  • Billingshurst: Application to build 550 houses (phase one of a 1750 house development) was refused by HDC but has reappeared as a ‘possible’ Local Plan option.
  • Southwater: Application to build 500 houses on farmland, phase one of a 2750 house development, has been put on hold. The site is identified by HDC as a ‘possible’ strategic site – ‘West of Southwater’.


In addition we have objected to applications, which have now been approved, as follows:


  • Henfield: The second of two opportunistic applications to build 102 houses on countryside east of Manor Farm, Henfield, was refused. However, the first which went to Appeal on grounds of non-determination was subsequently approved by the Planning Inspectorate.
  • Thakeham: ‘Mushroom Site’ Two linked planning applications, one to build 146 houses on a redundant part of the site to help pay for the provision of new commercial facilities applied for on the remainder of the site, have been approved by HDC.


Monday, 15 October 2012 12:15

Update: Chichester South

Written by Rodney Chambers

Almodington Glasshouses Appeal

The appeal was, to our relief, dismissed. However the area south of Chichester is a favoured location for horticulture for climatic reasons. This contributes to the local economy and is to be welcomed in the right place. For the same reason we have had two applications to build solar arrays, one at Tangmere and one at Selsey, which we are challenging as an intrusion into the countryside.

Chichester Local Plan

Our Local Plan is dated 1999 and the new one will not appear until late 2014. This invites opportunistic applications. At the time of writing there are piecemeal proposals for building 1085 houses on 13 sites in clusters of between 25 and 500 units. Among the threats to the countryside around Chichester are proposals which include developments to fill the “strategic gap” between Summersdale and Lavant and the green fields between the City boundary and the Goodwood motor circuit. One might also predict pressure to extend the Horticultural Development Area.

Active support needed!

We need the active support of all local members throughout Chichester District. Autumn Open Meeting An open meeting is planned (and may have taken place by the time you read this) for members in both halves of the District, partly to introduce our new Director, and partly to help monitor the Local Plan which will affect us all.

If you care about preserving the unique character of our District, make yourself known by ringing or emailing me on telephone 01243 779359

Monday, 15 October 2012 12:00

Update: Chichester North

Written by Alan Smith

Lavant Strategic Gap

Application to build 92 houses on greenfield site is threatening the Strategic Gap between South Downs villages of Lavant & Chichester.

St Cuthman's School / Durand Academy

Plans to increase use of the old school site in Woolbeding from a hundred to approximately a six hundred and fifty pupil school. Fears that a commendable idea has been inadequately thought through by all concerned including the Government, and that the choice of an inappropriate site has been made when other more suitable sites are available for evaluation.

Boxgrove Quarry

Council Meetings attended in support of objections to delivery & processing of 980,000 tons of waste over 5 years, with impact upon a rural village, narrow lanes used by walkers, and views from SDNP. Syngenta. Ongoing.

Sparkes Farm (Ebernoe Common)

Concern re impact of proposed equestrian centre visually and upon public walkways in an unspoiled rural area on land to south of Lake House. On hold. Weavers Down (Milland Parish). New golf course proposed, with associated destructive ecological impact.

Monday, 15 October 2012 11:49

Update: Brighton & Hove

Written by Stuart Derwent

Brighton & Hove City Plan

The City’s vision for development and growth up to 2030 it includes long expected development plans for Toads Hole Valley, one of the last large areas of green space on the north west city edge, bounded by housing and the A27.

We have challenged the proposed density.

Rampion Wind Farm

Response to the Environmental Impact Assessment submitted asking for greater attention to the effect on both land and seascapes.

Monday, 15 October 2012 11:40

Update: Arun

Written by Peter Carder

Arun District Draft Local Plan

As previously predicted, Arun DC unveiled in July for public consultation its draft new Local Plan, setting out NPPF-compliant planning policies for Arun District over the next sixteen years.

Although the draft claims to protect “our much valued landscape including the coastal plains...and the land between existing settlements” (para. 1.3), it concedes that Arun is legally bound to plan for the housing targets in the still-unrevoked South East Plan and therefore takes into account both ADC's “preferred” target of an average 400 new units a year and the SEP average of 565 a year.

In order to satisfy the higher SEP target, the draft therefore identifies the three villages of Barnham, Eastergate and Westergate “with their local services and the vastness of undesignated space between them” (para. 4.9) as an area that is a “particularly sustainable location” for additional housing growth - and consequently a “strategic allocation” of 1700 or more new homes (Policy SP8).

Subject to improvements to the A259, Angmering is also named as a “strategic growth location” for up to 1030 new homes, while other parishes in the District are expected to accommodate at least 1120 new units - though rather surpisingly almost none are allocated to the parishes covered by the abortive Ford eco-town (Policy SP8). Since further consultation on the draft Plan is promised over the winter, it remains to be seen whether these allocations are final.

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