New Sayers Common housing scheme branded ‘totally inappropriate’

Protestors from Dunlop Close, Sayers Common in a back garden of one of the residents, with a view across the fields that will be built on, in the background. ENGSNL00120111129142736
Protestors from Dunlop Close, Sayers Common in a back garden of one of the residents, with a view across the fields that will be built on, in the background. ENGSNL00120111129142736

A housing scheme for 40 new homes at a controversial site in Sayers Common has been branded ‘totally inappropriate’ by objectors.

Residents Matthew and Elizabeth Hicks, of Dunlop Close, have written to Mid Sussex District Council against the plans to build on land at Kingsland Laines, off Reeds Lane.

The letter stated: “The placing of the site, extending the village into green land, would spoil the nearby countryside.

“Adding this number of additional houses to the village would strain the already limited amenities within the village.

“One must often wait while attempting to exit Dunlop Close during peak times and with the addition of an extra 80 vehicles (two cars we new household as Sayers Common has very few public transport links) this will significantly increase.”

The application follows a similar application by Woodcock Holdings Ltd for 120 houses over a larger area on the site.

However, the appeal was dismissed by the Secretary of State in September 2014, despite a report by a planning inspector that the appeal should be granted.

It emerged last week that a top judge at London’s High Court said Eric Pickles’ decision not to allow the scheme was ‘legally flawed’ – giving Woodcock Holdings another shot at developing the land.

The new application, submitted to Mid Sussex District Council in April, is only for site access. All other matters including layout, design and scale of the buildings are reserve however the developers have prepared a site layout plan.

A planning statement, prepared on behalf of Woodcock Holdings states: “The application site is available, suitable and achievable.

“Woodcock Holdings Limited considers there is a need for Mid Sussex District Council (MSDC) to continue to grant permission for residential development to maintain housing land supply. It is understood that the district council accept that they cannot demonstrate a five year supply of housing land and there is no clear policy mechanism for maintaining housing land supply.”

The plans include a mixture of 40 flats and houses and the provision of a new two-storey care home.

Woodcock Holdings is aiming to provide a access road from London Road, pedestrian access via Dunlop Close, garaging and car parking.

Elaine Clarke, Community Leisure Officer for the district council said if plans go ahead the developers are expected to contribute to childrens playing space, community buildings and sport facilities.