Burgess Hill housing plan could ‘impact’ vineyard

Fields south of Folders Lane in Burgess Hill www.southoffolderslaneactiongroup.co.uk SUS-151103-095044001
Fields south of Folders Lane in Burgess Hill www.southoffolderslaneactiongroup.co.uk SUS-151103-095044001

The owner of an award winning vineyard has spoken out against plans to build 74 new homes in Burgess Hill.

Tamara Roberts, CEO of Ridgeview Winery, based in Ditchling Common, has objected to plans for a new development in Folders Lane.

Minutes from a Burgess Hill Town Council planning committee meeting on March 23, state the vineyard is objecting as the application ‘failed to consider the impact on a local, rural business adjacent to the development site’.

Renowned for its sparkling wine, Ridgeview, the family-owned estate is arguing its business activities would ‘not be compatible with a residential estate’ as it now owns land adjacent to the site –the former Fragbarrow Nurseries.

Councillors also heard a representation from Jerry Batte, of Woodwards Close, on behalf of the South of Folders Lane Action Group (SOFLAG), who said the application was outside the ‘town built up line’.

Hundreds of residents have submitted letters of objection to the district council.

Now Burgess Hill Town Council is recommending refusal, on the grounds that the development might ‘be used as a precedent by others’ for development south of Folders Lane.

Developer Jones Homes said the proposal will create a ‘high quality development’ which responds ‘positively’ to the surroundings while preserving the existing trees.