Please find below our email update sent to our supporters and an example objection letter to send into MSDC:
We are delighted to report that the Government Inspector has dismissed this appeal on the grounds of unacceptable overlooking to adjoining properties. Whilst we are very pleased with the inspectors decision we remain concerned that in his findings he did not feel this type of development would be out of keeping with the character of the area, nor did it present problems with drainage, access etc and as such did not rule out future development of this sort elsewhere in the area or indeed on the same plot – so we need to remain vigilant and keep fighting.
You can use this link to access the decision notice on the MSDC website under the documents tab.
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.