OVER 800 OBJECTIONS TO FIRST CONSULTATION

Mid Sussex have published their initial response to the Consultation. There were over 800 objections to Sites SA12 & SA13, the fields south of Folders Lane – hundreds more than for any other site or policy in the consultation. THANK YOU so much to everyone who responded.

Taken from MSDC’s summary of responses

West and East Sussex County Councils, as well as local parish and town councils, raised concerns about the Transport Assessment on which MSDC seem to rely so heavily.

The Consultation and Site Allocations will be discussed at the next Scrutiny Committee Meeting on WEDNESDAY 22nd JANUARY. The meeting is at 7pm at the Council Chamber in Haywards Heath – it is open the public and will be a chance to hear if Councillors are listening to the views of their residents and the important organisations such as CPRE, Sussex Wildlife Trust and the South Downs National Park.

You can read the Council’s summary of responses here: https://bit.ly/2NFyzew

That’s just their edited highlights of course. We have asked to view the actual responses (as the public are entitled to do) so we can get the full picture, but so far no response to our request.

We’ll keep you posted…

Christmas Greetings

We wish our supporters a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Thank you all for your help and support this year, especially since the publication of the Site Selection DPD in September.
SOFLAG is now an important voice for residents in our area, and we couldn’t have achieved this without you.

2020 is going to be even busier – it is crunch time for the fields south of Folders Lane.

Will Mid Sussex District Council allow this important green gap to be destroyed, taking all the wildlife with it and creating gridlock and danger on local roads? Or will they see sense?

We will be doing everything we can to save the fields.

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LAST CHANCE – CONSULTATION CLOSES 20 NOVEMBER

WHY WERE THE FIELDS INCLUDED WHEN THERE IS A BETTER OPTION?

Mid Sussex District Council want you to accept that 343 houses “must” be built on the fields south of Folders Lane meaning this precious countryside would be lost forever.

THEY ARE NOT ACTING IN THE BEST INTERESTS OF THE DISTRICT – THEY HAVE REJECTED A BIGGER, MORE SUITABLE AND MORE SUSTAINABLE ALTERNATIVE SITE.

It’s in Haywards Heath, which they believe should only take 25 additional houses, compared to over 500 in Burgess Hill. 

Haywards Heath Golf Club is a man made site, not an ancient field system full of wildlife, and it’s ready to take up to 900 houses, meaning other more precious greenfield sites could be saved.

PLEASE SUBMIT YOUR OBJECTION TO THIS NOW 
BEFORE IT IS TOO LATE…

Thank you if you’ve already objected, please do so again if you possibly can – you’re allowed to do it more than once!

PLEASE ACT NOW – HERE’S HOW…

You need to respond to the Council’s Site Allocations DPD consultation.  To object, you must state the reasons why there is a much better site available for development than fields south of Folders Lane (called sites SA12 & SA13 in the consultation).

You can object online by following this link
 https://www.midsussex.gov.uk/forms/?form=28943&w=1 
 – you are objecting to the Site Allocations DPD. 
Or you can object by sending an email to: 
LDFconsultation@midsussex.gov.uk 
 – state that you are objecting to the Site Allocations DPD 

Start your objection like this: 

I am objecting to site allocations SA12 and SA13 (pages 34 – 37), the fields south of Folders Lane, Burgess Hill, because there is a better, more suitable and more sustainable site available at Haywards Heath Golf Course, the site known as ID 503.

Then use any or all of the following points – in your own words if possible: 
  • The site ID 503 is available and the owners of the land would like to make it available for housing.
  • The developer promoting the site is ready to start.
  • The current users of the site, the Golf Club, want to move.
  • The site will provide more housing than MSDC are currently proposing, creating a larger ‘buffer’ which will reduce the pressure for more greenfield sites to be developed during the life of the District Plan.
  • The developers are planning on site infrastructure, including a school and doctor’s surgery, in their proposals for site ID 503.  These are not included in the proposals for sites SA12 & SA13, despite these being desperately needed.

We will only win this fight with your support.


PLEASE MAKE YOUR REPRESENTATION NOW

THE CONSULTATION CLOSES 20TH NOVEMBER



This could be the final battle in our fight to save this area from total urbanisation…

STOP 343 HOUSES – OBJECT TO CONSULTATION NOW

343 HOUSES ON FIELDS SOUTH OF FOLDERS LANE?
 
REGISTER YOUR OBJECTION NOW OR REGRET LATER…

Mid Sussex District Council want to destroy our local area by paving over the last significant green space to the south of Folders Lane with 343 houses. We believe this proposal would be the final nail in the coffin for our area.

THE OFFICIAL CONSULTATION HAS OPENED – PLEASE REGISTER YOUR OBJECTION NOW.

SOFLAG has fought for 12 years to prevent inappropriate development in this area.  This could be our final battle.  Lose it and the greenfield land we have tried to protect will be lost forever. We will do all we can to prevent this, but we will not succeed without your help.

It is vital you object.  If you don’t, it will be assumed that you approve

 
ACT NOW, HERE’S HOW:
It will only take a few minutes of your time.

We are asking you to object to the council’s Site Allocations DPD.  To object, you must state the reasons why the fields (called Sites SA12 and SA13) should not be allocated for housing. You must quote the relevant paragraph from the consultation document (they don’t want it to be easy!)
 You can object online by following this link https://www.midsussex.gov.uk/forms/?form=28943&w=1 

EXPLANATION OF ONLINE PROCESS

We think the form is unhelpful, so here are a couple of pointers:

The form asks you “Which document are you commenting on?

Select Site Allocations DPD .

Then it asks “Which part of the document are you commenting on?”

In the “Policy” box – put SA12 & SA13

leave the “Paragraph” box blank

In the “Page” box – put 34-37
 
Or you can object by email  by sending an email to: LDFconsultation@midsussex.gov.uk – state that you are objecting to the Site Allocations DPD
 
Use any or all of the following points – in your own words if possible:
 
“I am objecting to site allocations SA12 and SA13 (pages 34 – 37), the fields south of Folders Lane, Burgess Hill, because:

  • No relevant traffic study has been carried out to support this development despite this being a requirement imposed by MSDC in their three previous assessments of the area when they consistently rejected the idea of development (in 2007, 2013 and 2016)
  • The site is full of many protected wildlife species for which adequate protection would be impossible including bats, adders, slow worms, great crested newts, cuckoos, barn owls
  • It would seriously erode the already fragile strategic gap between Burgess Hill and the villages to the south
  • It would cause irreparable harm to the setting of the South Downs National Park
  • There are other more suitable sites which are available and deliverable which provide an equivalent or higher number of units and do not have any of the above constraints.”

We will only win this fight with your support.

Please object today. 
The consultation closes on 20th November.

TOWN MEETING 14 OCTOBER

There is to be a town meeting to discuss the new housing allocation on Monday 14th October, 7pm, St Wilfrid’s Parish Centre (behind the church). The meeting is organised by Burgess Hill Town Council.
It is important that as many residents as possible attend to make their feelings known – please come along if you can.
We will be there to make the case that hundreds more houses should not have been dumped on Burgess Hill, and MSDC’s site selection process must be revisited.

MORE QUESTIONS ABOUT SITE SELECTION

Looks like we’re not the only ones surprised by the eleventh hour decision to dump hundreds more houses on Burgess Hill.

It seems Fairfax Homes were fully expecting Haywards Heath Golf Club to remain the preferred choice, only to see it suddenly rejected at the last minute in favour of Burgess Hill and the fields to the south of Folders Lane.

We believe this is more evidence that something very strange went on at MSDC during the site selection process, and the fields to the south of Folders Lane should never have been on the final shortlist.

Further public scrutiny is now essential.

TRAFFIC NIGHTMARES TO GET MUCH WORSE

This is the junction of Folders Lane / Keymer Road on a typical weekday morning.


There are still 700 houses under construction that will add hundreds more cars to this junction.
Did the recent MSDC traffic study consider this?
And how will the junction cope with another 300+ on top…

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