First phase of 475 home build in Burgess Hill could get green light

Keymer Brick and Tile development, hoardings on Cants Lane. Pic Steve Robards SUS-140826-155904001
Keymer Brick and Tile development, hoardings on Cants Lane. Pic Steve Robards SUS-140826-155904001
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The first phase of a controversial 475 home development in Burgess Hill could be approved next week.

Officers have recommended Mid Sussex District Council approves a detailed application to build the first 125 homes on the former Keymer Brick and Tile site in Nye Road.

The application - which includes 38 affordable homes and seeks approval for the appearance, landscaping, layout, and scale of the build - will go to the district planning committee on June 11.

Burgess Hill Town Council has been consulted on a reserved matters application before which it recommended for refusal but the application never went to district council.

The town council’s planning committee met last week and several residents spoke to object to the application.

Linda Church, of Wyvern Way, representing Keymer Tiles Action Group, spoke at the meeting and argued the application was ‘virtually identical’ to the last one.

Many speakers were concerned about proposed access routes.

The town council agreed with residents that there was no significant changes to this application and, again, recommended the district council refuse .

The town council also requested an up to date traffic assessment and that the access be reverted to Kingsway.

The developer Croudace Strategic won permission for its outline planning application for 475 homes on the site in 2010 after a long battle against opposing residents and councils.

The planning officer’s recent report to the district council states: “[The application] would create an acceptable residential environment with no significant impact upon amenity enjoyed by existing or future residents.”

To view the planning documents visit the planning portal on midsussex.gov.uk using the reference 14/02830/REM