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Start of 475 home development

Keymer Tiles Ltd. Nye Road, Burgess Hill. pic Steve Robards SUS-140818-115655001

Keymer Tiles Ltd. Nye Road, Burgess Hill. pic Steve Robards SUS-140818-115655001

The plan for the first phase of a 475 home development in Burgess Hill, has been submitted to Mid Sussex District Council.

An application has been made to build 125 new homes on the former Keymer Brick and Tile Co Ltd Claypits And Tileworks, in Nye Road.

This is a detailed plan for the first phase of a 475 home development and it includes the construction of 125 new homes.

The plans show these will be 2, 3, 4, and 5 bed houses with associated parking, highways, landscaping and boundary treatment.

It includes a total of 260 parking spaces and 38 affordable dwellings - which meets the requirement for 30% of the total housing.

The developer Croudace Strategic won permission for its outline planning application for 475 homes on the site in 2009 after a long battle against opposing residents and councils.

Many letters of objection to the outline application were sent to the council regarding concerns about: increased traffic, possible flooding, lack of infrastructure, detriment to wildlife and rare species within ponds , lack of water supplies, utilities, drainage and sewage.

However the recent application states that a public exhibition was held on April 19 which gained more positive feedback.

Of the 43 people who left feedback sheets 30 per cent supported the proposals with reservations until they had more information, 63 per cent objected to the proposals and seven per cent felt they had insufficient information to decide either way.

The Keymer brick and tile company, which was the oldest surviving industry in Burgess Hill, stopped production at the beginning of August so the 19.2 hectares of land could be sold to developers.

The last make at the site was on August 8 but the last draw of tiles from kilns will be in October.

Products will be available from this site until June next year, unless all previously sold.

When the factory closes in 2015 the buildings will be demolished to make way for a large development.

To read the full application search for 14/02830/REM on the Mid Sussex District Council website.

A decision on the application will be made by the council in due course.

 

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