A residents’ group of more than 125 people has formed to fight against the first phase of a 475 home development in Burgess Hill.
The Middy reported last week that detailed plans for the first phase of a planned large development on the former Keymer Brick and Tile site, have been submitted.
A residents’ group was set up earlier this year in opposition to the first phase plan after a consultation was held with them in April.
The outline plan for the full development was given permission in 2010.
The first phase of the development includes the build of 125 homes.
Linda Church, of Wyvern Way, who set up the group, said the plan is ‘cynical’ and a ‘total change’ from the approved outline plan.
She said: “It beggars belief that they feel they can do this. It’s a cynical approach.”
Linda said members of the residents’ group were not against the building of houses per se but they were more concerned about perceived deviations from the approved outline plan.
She said the outline plan showed the main access from Kings Way.
She said Curf Way was planned to be used as a secondary access route once 300 homes had been built and Wyvern Way was planned to become an access route once 400 houses were built.
Both of these road were planned to be narrowed to slow traffic.
However the phase one plan showed there would be access points from Wyvern Way and Curf Way straight away.
She said it would have worked better if access was only available via Kings Way to begin with in order to establish that as the main route and to ensure there is not a large amount of traffic using these small residential roads.
She added that members of the group were concerned for children’s safety in Wyvern Way because lots of children cross that road to get to the play area.
The group will hold a public meeting at Rider Hall at St Andrew’s Church, in Cants Lane, on August 30, from 2pm until 5pm.
Ray Carlier, head of design for Croudace Homes, said: “The decision to make the Reserved Matters Application on the western part of the works was due to the factory closing earlier than anticipated, giving the ability to bring much needed homes to the area sooner than expected.
“The principle of the scheme has not changed, with the main access roads into the site being via Wyvern Way and Kings Way with a secondary access via Curf Way.
“The Outline Planning permission includes a requirement for community facilities and green space to be provided within a certain stage of development; this will still occur however the scheme is phased.
“There has never been a requirement to provide the community facilities and green space with the first phase application.
“However, the Reserved Matters Application for the community facilities will follow the current submission.
“The location of the first phase will not affect bringing those facilities forward for the benefit of future residents.”
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