Penland Farm 210 home development appeal

A planning appeal has been made to build up to 210 houses on Penland Farm in Haywards Heath.

Trustees of the Borde Hill Estate and Catesby Estates Limited have appealed against the refusal of planning permission to build on land near Harlands School.

The appeal application, made on June 10, is for ‘up to 210’ dwellings.

After strong community opposition the planning application was refused by Mid Sussex District Council’s District Planning Committee on April 3 despite the planning officer’s recommendation for approval.

The appeal includes a number of reasons why development should be allowed including the argument that: “The majority of the site is considered to be of limited ecological value”.

Harlands School has stated in the past that if this development were to go ahead, it would have to expand into its open space, meaning a loss of sporting facilities.

This adds significance to the closure of the playing field owned by Central Sussex College which the school would usually use.

To find out more visit the Mid Sussex District Council planning portal and type reference code: APP/D3830/A/14/2218078.