Planning Application – HPW Homes – 7 Houses at Greenacres on Keymer Road

Once again an application to develop Greenacres on Keymer Road has been submitted, this time for 7 houses.

There are compelling and valid planning arguments why MSDC should refuse permission for this development but MSDC are unlikely to use these unless there is significant local opposition.  For that, we need your help.

In this new application the layout has been altered but the spine road still runs straight through the site and leads directly to the fields. It is vital for the preservation of the greenfield land to the south of Folders Lane that this new application is also refused.

We need your support in objecting to this inappropriate development by Friday 29th July.

A draft of a suggested objection letter is available below:

You can submit your objection directly online via the ‘comments’ section of the application here.

Alternatively, you can email your objection to the Planning Officer Mr Stuart Malcolm, Stuart.Malcolm@midsussex.gov.uk, quoting the application number DM/16/2607.

Remember, email or submit one objection per individual, each will count as a separate objection.

Greenacres and Thakeham History:

In October 2015, HPW Homes attempted to develop the Greenacres site into a single line of 6 houses leaving access to the fields beyond, south of Folders Lane, open for access and future development. It was refused by the MSDC Planning Committee “A”.

In December 2014 HPW Homes sold Greenacres to Thakeham Homes, on the same day Thakeham bought the 3 fields adjacent to Greenacres running behind Folders Lane. Later that month Thakeham Homes illegally (according to MSDC) removed all hedgerow and a number of mature trees in those fields. On appealing against MSDC’s order to replant the hedgerow Thakeham claimed they would apply for planning permission on the fields using Greenacres as the access point into the fields.

Deadline Extended – Planning Application – HPW Homes – 6 Houses at Greenacres, Keymer Road

For technical reasons because the site is directly adjacent to a listed building the consultation period for this utterly inappropriate application has been re-opened.

We have until 29 April to make representations to MSDC and we urgently need you to add to these.  Even if you have previously objected it is very important you do so again as there have been a number of important developments that now need to be raised.

It is vital for the preservation of the greenfield land to the south of Folders Lane that this application is refused because despite the half hearted denials from the applicant it is clear that the development is intended as a forerunner to a much larger application to develop the three adjacent fields.

A draft of a suggested objection letter is available below:

Details of the application, reference: DM/15/4076, can be accessed here.

You can submit your objection directly via the ‘comments’ section of the application here.

Examination of the proposal reveals the following:

  • HPW Homes signed an agreement to sell the property to Thakeham Homes on 16 December 2014.
  • On the same day Thakeham Homes bought the three fields to the east of Greenacres.
  • Shortly afterwards contractors for Thakeham Homes illegally removed all of the hedging in the three fields as well as a number of mature trees.
  • They have also felled two very large trees at the eastern edge of the Greenacres plot that would have been a barrier to a road going through into the fields.
  • As part of their appeal against a replanting order for the hedges imposed on them by MSDC Thakeham Homes stated they will be applying for planning permission to develop the fields using the Greenacres plot as an access.  The appeal failed and Thakeham have been forced to replant the illegally removed hedgerow.  Significantly, they have not replanted a 25 metre section adjacent to the Greenacres site where the road would come through into the fields.
  • It can be seen from the plan submitted as part of the HPW application that the proposed road running through the plot is in reality intended as the access road for a much bigger development in the three fields.
  • Thakeham’s part in this cunning plot is shown up by an error on the HPW submission that is directly lifted from proposals for a previous Thakeham development off Valebridge Road, Burgess Hill which is now under construction.
  • Unsurprisingly, there is no mention of Thakeham Homes in the application.

Objecting to the application (deadline Friday 29th April):

  1. You can submit your objection directly via the ‘comments’ section of the application here. This will register your objection immediately – remember you should send in an objection for each member of the household as then each will count as a separate objection. Numbers count.
  2. Alternatively, you can email or write a letter with your objection to the Planning Officer, Mr Stuart Malcolm, quoting the application number DM/15/4076Remember, email or write one letter per individual, each will count as a separate objection.Email: Stuart.Malcolm@midsussex.gov.uk
    Post: Mr Stuart Malcolm, Planning Services Division, Mid Sussex District Council, Oaklands Road, Haywards Heath, West Sussex  RH16 1SS

Planning Application – HPW Homes – 6 Houses at Greenacres, Keymer Road

A Most Cunning Development Plan (apologies to Baldrick)

In its eight years of fighting inappropriate planning applications in the Folders Lane Area SOFLAG has never encountered such a cunning one as that submitted by HPW Homes to knock down Greenacres on Keymer Road and replace it with six houses.  We believe the submission is an attempt to mislead the public and MSDC that this is a stand-alone, small scale application.  IT IS NO SUCH THING.

It is vital for the preservation of the greenfield land to the south of Folders Lane that this application is refused and to this end we need your support in objecting to this inappropriate development, by Friday 13th November.  There are several compelling and valid planning arguments why MSDC should refuse permission for this development but MSDC are unlikely to use these unless there is significant local opposition.  For that, we need your help.

A draft of a suggested objection letter is below:

Details of the application, reference: DM/15/4076, can be accessed here.

You can submit your objection directly via the ‘comments’ section of the application here.

Our close examination of the proposal reveals the following:

  • HPW Homes signed an agreement to sell the property to Thakeham Homes on 16 December 2014.
  • On the same day Thakeham Homes bought the three fields to the east of Greenacres.
  • Shortly afterwards contractors for Thakeham Homes (illegally, according to MSDC) removed all of the hedging in the three fields as well as a number of mature trees.
  • They also felled the very large oak tree at the eastern edge of the Greenacres plot that would have been a barrier to a road going through into the fields.
  • As part of their appeal against a replanting order for the hedges imposed on them by MSDC Thakeham Homes stated they will be applying for planning permission to develop the fields using the Greenacres plot as an access.
  • It can be seen from the plan submitted as part of the HPW application that the proposed road running through the plot is in reality intended as the access road for a much bigger development in the three fields.
  • Thakeham’s part in this cunning plot is shown up by an error on the HPW submission that is directly lifted from proposals for a previous Thakeham development off Valebridge Roead, Burgess Hill which is now under construction.
  • Unsurprisingly, there is no mention of Thakeham Homes in the application.

Objecting to the application (deadline Friday 13th November):

  1. You can submit your objection directly via the ‘comments’ section of the application here. This will register your objection immediately – remember you should send in an objection for each member of the household as then each will count as a separate objectionNumbers count. 
  2. Alternatively, you can email or write a letter with your objection to the Planning Officer, Mr Stuart Malcolm, quoting the application number DM/15/4076.  Remember, email or write one letter per individual, each will count as a separate objection.Email: Stuart.Malcolm@midsussex.gov.uk
    Post: Mr Stuart Malcolm, Planning Services Division, Mid Sussex District Council, Oaklands Road, Haywards Heath, West Sussex  RH16 1SS