Decision on 130 new Lindfield homes to be made tomorrow

John Jesson, Catherine Cross, Gil Kennedy, Lindfield Preservation Society
Lindfield Common protest against 130 houses. Pic Steve Robards  SR1621023 SUS-161207-173235001
John Jesson, Catherine Cross, Gil Kennedy, Lindfield Preservation Society Lindfield Common protest against 130 houses. Pic Steve Robards SR1621023 SUS-161207-173235001

A decision on plans for another 130 homes in Lindfield could be made tomorrow (Thursday July 14).

A scheme for 200 homes put forward by Wates Developments was rejected on land south of Scamps Hill by Mid Sussex District Council’s district planning committee in early April, much to the delight of residents and campaigners.

But a nearby scheme for 130 homes on the corner of Graveleye Lane and Scamps Hill, put forward by Taylor Wimpey, is due to be debated by councillors this week.

Planning officers have recommended it be approved, despite the council receiving 130 objections compared to just one letter of support.

Gil Kennedy, chairman of the Lindfield Preservation Society, explained that there was one aspect that made this application ‘more objectionable’ than the scheme for 200 homes refused earlier this year.

He said: “That’s the adverse impact it would have on Lindfield Common, which is part of the conservation area.”

He added: “It would provide a very obtrusive urban backdrop to the common.”

The society is encouraging residents to attend the district planning committee meeting, which starts at 2pm, and is being held in the council chambers at the back of the district council’s offices off Oaklands Road.

Other reasons for objection include increased traffic and air pollution, and the ability of infrastructure to cope with extra demand.

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