‘Dismay’ at plan to demolish Franklands Village church

Application to demolish Church Of The Good Shepherd Franklands Village Haywards Heath. Pic Steve Robards SR1521496 SUS-150809-225050001
Application to demolish Church Of The Good Shepherd Franklands Village Haywards Heath. Pic Steve Robards SR1521496 SUS-150809-225050001
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An application has been made to demolish a former church to make way for four homes.

Franklands Village Housing Association has applied to knock down the disused Church Of The Good Shepherd, in Gravelye Lane, Franklands Village.

The plan is to build four two and three bedroom terraced homes with parking and gardens.

Resident Alasdair Campbell has submitted an official objection to the application.

In his objection letter he said: “I am dismayed that this application is in. I strongly object to the church being demolished.

“Whilst I appreciate the Church is not currently being used - as a former place of worship I would argue that it is a public asset and as such, there should be a wider consultation about this plan.

“One of the dynamics of the Village is, whether in current use or not, there has been a sacred place at the heart of the village since the early 60s. Careful consideration needs to be given to its removal.”

Haywards Heath Town Council has mounted no objections and stated in its response letter: “Whilst there is an element of regret regarding the loss of the church, members of the town council welcome the provision of four houses (as opposed to flats) which will sit within the ‘more affordable’ category of accommodation.”

Residents can make official comments on the application until September 11.

View and comment on the application by visiting the district council’s online planning application portal at midsussex.gov.uk and searching for DM/15/3262