Meeting tonight as reptiles and newts buy time for opponents in Haywards Heath housing battle

A great crested newt.

A great crested newt.

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Great Crested newts, all three species of British reptiles and five globally threatened bird species face uncertainty if fields on the edge of Haywards Heath are built on.

The 10-hectare ‘green lung’ known as Birchen Fields sits within the ‘green corridor’ proposed by the town council as a way of keeping Haywards Heath’s rural setting.

Residents opposed to proposed new housing off Birchen Way, Haywards Heath. Fields beyond are part of site. Pic Steve Robards

Residents opposed to proposed new housing off Birchen Way, Haywards Heath. Fields beyond are part of site. Pic Steve Robards

But developer Crest Nicholson wants to build 48 more homes there and has sparked anguish among neighbours including zoologist and British lizard expert Dr Fiona Tyson.

 

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