More housing for Lindfield back on planning agenda

Lindfield Common. Pic Steve Robards SUS-140104-161842001
Lindfield Common. Pic Steve Robards SUS-140104-161842001
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A decision on plans for another 130 homes on the edge of Lindfield could be made next week.

A scheme for 200 homes put forward by Wates Developments was rejected on land south of Scamps Hill by Mid Sussex District Council’s district planning committee in early April, much to the delight of residents and campaigners.

However Taylor Wimpey has submitted an application for 130 homes on the corner of Graveleye Lane and Scamps Hill and this is due to be debated by councillors next Thursday (July 14).

The council has received 130 objections from residents compared to a single letter of support for the scheme, listing concerns with the impact on the character of the area and in particular Lindfield Common, increased traffic and air pollution, and the ability of infrastructure such as doctors’ surgeries and schools to cope with extra demand.

Residents have also explained that the village has already absorbed three major housing developments, while the site is not in the made Lindfield and Lindfield Rural Neighbourhood Plan.

Officers have recommended that it be approved.

In their report they explain that the harm of building on a greenfield site had to be weighed against the need for housing given that MSDC does not have an agreed district-wide local plan.

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