A second exhibition is being held to tell Mid Sussex residents more about another 500-home housing development being proposed in the district.
Developer St. Modwen unveiled its first set of proposals for new homes and community facilities on land to the west of the Copthorne in July.
The latest proposal now being brought forward also includes a new residential care home and what it calls “further transport initiatives”.
St Modwen says its plans would help meet the need for more “family and affordable housing” plus homes for the elderly, and would deliver investment in local infrastructure and services including education and health.
The site earmarked is the vacant land between Copthorne and Crawley and could see 500 new homes with some 30 per cent classed as “affordable”. Nearly two thirds of the total site would be left undeveloped for landscaping and open space.
The company says the second public exhibition - at Copthorne Village Hall on October 12 from 10am to 4pm - will show local residents how the plans have developed following feedback from the first exhibition. Staff will be available to answer questions.
St Modwen planning manager Colin Darby said: “It’s important to all of us that future generations have enough family housing, accommodation for the elderly and new affordable homes. The area needs to provide more homes for the future and we can help to provide this on one suitable, integrated site, rather than them being delivered sporadically across the village through infill development which will erode existing open space.
“We would like to explain more to Copthorne residents about the work we’ve done to meet infrastructure needs, how we plan to take care of the local environment and how we intend to provide much-needed new community facilities including allotments and playing fields.”
Mr Darby said the firm was now keen to hear further feedback from local people. Updated details about the proposals will be on the project website – www.copthornevillagewest.com – from 12 October.