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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.

Thursday, 09 November 2017 18:28

Chichester, Winter 2017 Report

Written by CPRE Sussex

Chichester District has seen a number of issues relating to housing and infrastructure over the past year.

Thursday, 09 November 2017 18:10

Arun, Winter 2017 Report

Written by CPRE Sussex

CPRE Sussex attended and spoke at the Examination in Public (EiP) of the new Arun Local Plan in September 2017. We expressed concerns about the lack of consultation, the level of housing proposed and the impact this would have on the local environment and the lack of a coherent strategy for ensuring that infrastructure is put in place at the right time to accommodate this development.

Thursday, 09 November 2017 18:07

Wealden, Winter 2017 Report

Written by CPRE Sussex

The year 2016 closed with housing developers taking full advantage of Wealden District Council’s perceived lack of 5 year housing land supply. Virtually weekly during 2016, green fields (including within High Weald AONB) were being lost to speculative housing developer applications. CPRE and SWOT (Save Wealden from Overdevelopment Team) were kept busy trying to fend off these applications with robust objections and by attending the Council’s Planning Meetings. However, the Planning Meeting Councillors were often instructed not to object to an application by a developer in case the refusal of the application put the Council into ‘Cost Territory’ should a developer appeal be then forthcoming.

Thursday, 09 November 2017 18:04

Rother & Hastings, Winter 2017 Report

Written by Stephen Hardy

Rother  suffers as a planning authority from a permanent  malaise – that of being always behind the curve.  Yes, it produced a core strategy back in 2014  with  what  is for the  South East a relatively  modest housing requirement, but according to the latest  planning agendas  is  down to  providing only a  3.1  year housing  supply.  I do not really want to blame the Council because it is house builders who are not  building out permissions granted, but the recent reaction to  this  supposed crisis is for Rother planners to recommend granting  any   application  that comes in the  High Weald AONB, no matter that most of the sites  up for approval were categorised  by the self-same Rother officers three years ago in their SHLAA as red (i.e. not suitable for whatever reasons to be developed) sites.   

Monday, 06 November 2017 17:21

Letter: the hocus pocus of housing target maths

Written by Roger F Smith

Letter published by the West Sussex County Times 2 November 2017

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