Housing plan shock in Mid Sussex

Will more land be lost to housing?
Will more land be lost to housing?

An inspector has delivered a shock to housing plans in Mid Sussex.

The draft Mid Sussex district plan will be delayed after he refused to approve it for its next stage of public meetings.

The sticking point was a disagreement over whether Mid Sussex Council had met its duty to co-operate with other councils when drawing up the plan.

The Inspector was not convinced and has asked district planners to look again.

Today the disappointed district planners got backing from Arundel and South Downs MP Nick Herbert.

Speaking after a Commons debate Mr Herbert said: “It’s a very legalistic over-engineered response by the planning inspector, which is not justified.”

The decision will heighten fears that developers will move in with more planning applications for land in the countryside.

Councillor Gary Marsh, the council’s cabinet member for planning, said: “I feel we have been unfairly treate and it would seem that the expectations about what is required by councils under Duty to Cooperate have changed in recent months and we will be making that point to the Inspector.”

Full story in Thursday’s Mid Sussex Times.