Application for Farthings, Keymer Road Approved

Despite 77 letters of objection and representations by affected neighbours, SOFLAG and Ian Simpson the ward councillor the MSDC Planning Committee B voted 7-1 with 2 abstentions at last nights meeting to approve this application.

This was very disappointing considering we felt we had a strong argument for refusal based on over development of the site which would be out of character with the immediate area and contrary to the emerging Burgess Hill Neighbourhood Plan.

However that was all deemed irrelevant by the committee chairman Mr Andrew McNaughton, Conservative Councillor for Ardingly & Balcombe who at the start of the debate reminded his fellow councillors they must only consider this application against the planning officer’s previous reasons for refusal, namely the height of the roof and existence of a southern facing bedroom window, both of which were easily fixable by the applicant lowering the roof and removing said offending window.

In these situations where the council planning officer deems the application be just a re-submission of the previous application and not a new application then we face an almost impossible task if the planning officer has previously  refused the earlier application under delegated powers on minor design issues.

Having said this it was still extremely disappointing to hear some district councillors views that the Keymer Road/Folders Lane area does not merit consideration as an area of townscape value where inappropriate development should be discouraged. We thought our elected representatives opinions had moved beyond that of the previous decades – clearly not,  which only makes us even more determined to fight this outdated view.

Mr Graham Knight, Lib Dem Councillor for Burgess Hill St Andrews ward proposed the application be approved and he was seconded by Mr Richard Bates, Lib Dem Councillor for Haywards Heath Ashenground. The only vote against was Vice Chairwoman Cherry Catherine of Burgess Hill Leylands ward and we thank her sincerely for her support.

Planning Application Recommended for Approval by MSDC for Farthings, Keymer Road

Despite 64 letters of objection the MSDC planning officer has recommended this application for approval when it comes before the MSDC planning committee meeting on the 17th April. Once again this is very disappointing however, we will be speaking against this at the meeting and we remain hopeful the councillors will decide to overrule the planning officer and refuse permission.

SOFLAG Updates On Current Planning Matters

Farthings, Keymer Road

There were 63 letters of objection to this application by the deadline of the 4th April and we would like to thank all of our supporters who took the time to send in their representation. We now await the MSDC planning officers decision but a positive step was at a meeting on the 31st March the Burgess Hill Town Council unanimously voted to recommend this application be refused permission citing all of the reasons we gave in our objection letter below.

Application by Dorepark Ltd for land to the rear of Spinningdale Keymer Road

Sadly despite 107 letters of objection and a recommendation by the town council that this application be refused the MSDC planning officer concerned has recommended this for approval when it comes before the next MSDC planning committee meeting. This is extremely disappointing however, one of our committee we will be speaking against this at the meeting so we remain hopeful the councillors will decide to overrule the planning officer and refuse permission.

IndigoScott Appeal To Planning Inspectorate To Build Nine Houses on the site of Oaklands and Holfords adjacent to the Folders Lane/Keymer Road Mini Roundabout

The long awaited site visit by the government inspector took place on the 31st March, apart from visiting the actual site the inspector also visited three properties in Hazel Grove to gauge for himself  the effect this development will have on them. SOFLAG believe this is a positive sign and we now await the inspectors decision which should be announced within the next month.

Omega Homes Appeal to Planning Inspectorate To Build Nine Houses on the site of the Blenheims, Keymer Rd and Dormers in Broadlands

Despite the fact this appeal was lodged six weeks before the one by IndigoScott there is still no news as to when the government inspector will carry out a site visit. This is a bit of a concern as we believe the case against this application is clear cut and comprehensive. We can only hope the inspector isn’t minded to accept Omega’s claim they were treated unfairly by MSDC as that would be a total travesty.

Burgess Hill Neighbourhood Plan

The Neighbourhood Plan will be presented and discussed at the Annual Town Meeting at Cyprus Hall, Cyprus Road, on Wednesday 9 April 2014  at 19.30 hours. SOFLAG committee members will be attending.

New Planning Application to build a four bedroom detached house to the rear of Farthings, Keymer Road

A new application has been re-submitted by Shire Barn Developments to build a four bedroom detached house behind  Farthings, Keymer Road.  Farthings is situated on the Eastern side of Keymer Road just south of its junction with Folders Lane.   An earlier application was refused by MSDC in September 2013.

In SOFLAGs opinion this is yet another back land development which is inappropriate and will cause harm to the surrounding area, more details to follow ASAP.

Use the link here to access the planning application information on the MSDC website under the documents tab.

Please use the example objection letter below to send your objections into MSDC: