Claim that Hurstpierpoint could become ‘a small town’

Proposed site for new homes off Chalkers Lane, Hurst
Proposed site for new homes off Chalkers Lane, Hurst

An outline scheme for 57 homes off Chalkers Lane, Hurstpierpoint has been approved, despite concerns over the village becoming ‘a small town’.

The scheme, with 17 affordable homes, some bungalows for older people, an extension to the nearby Fairfield Recreation ground and money for a new pavilion has been welcomed by the majority of councillors on the ‘District Planning Committee’, which met today (Thursday, January 9).

But, John Wilkinson, who chairs Hurstpierpoint and Sayers Common Parish Council urged councillors to hold back on making any decision until the Secretary of State for Planning has assessed three separate, large scale schemes for the village, which have been called in for further scrutiny.

Proposals for 120 hew homes at Kingsland Laines, Sayers Common; 81 homes off College Lane and 157 homes at Little Park and Highfield Drive have been called in and a decision is expected in the Spring.

A developer has recently been canvassing residents about another potential scheme - 90 homes at Kemps Farm, north of Orchard Way.

John Wilkinson warned district councillors: “If all these houses go ahead this could make Hurstpierpoint a small town.”

There will be a full report from the meeting in next week’s Mid Sussex Times, out on January 16.