Farmer who turned down £275m to challenge developer directly

Robert Worsley, opposed to Mayfield site near Twineham. Pic Steve Robards SUS-151205-132429001
Robert Worsley, opposed to Mayfield site near Twineham. Pic Steve Robards SUS-151205-132429001

A West Sussex farmer who turned down an offer of £275m from developers for his land is set to challenge promoters of a new market town directly.

Robert Worsley, who refused to sell his 550 acres in Twineham to Mayfield Market Towns, is due to attend examination hearings scrutinising Mid Sussex District Council’s local plan this week.

Mayfield, which is seeking permission for a 10,000-home new settlement near Sayers Common, has challenged the plan as its scheme is not currently included.

Examination hearings have resumed today (Thursday January 12) where Mr Worsley is due to publicly challenge the developers over their refusal to accept that they cannot build on his land.

He explained that he is so frustrated about the injustices of the planning system he wants to appeal directly to the Government’s planning inspector at the examination.

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