Residents urged to attend Haywards Heath Town Council planning meeting

Land off Birchen Way, Haywards Heath. Proposed site for housing. Pic Steve Robards
Land off Birchen Way, Haywards Heath. Proposed site for housing. Pic Steve Robards

Residents are urged to attend the next meeting of Haywards Heath Town Council when major planning applications for the town are expected to be on the agenda.

The meeting was due to be held this Monday but has been changed to Wednesday, February 19 at 7pm. The venue has also been switched from the town hall to Clair Hall where the capacity is much bigger. A previous planning meeting was changed to Warden Park School where several hundred people gathered to hear the debate on Penland Farm.

The agenda on February 19 is expected to include Penland Farm again after developers ammended their plans. The latest housing proposals for the town, for 48 homes on Birchen Fields, off Brook Lane, are also expected to be discussed by councillors.

Both housing bids have precipitated formation of action groups. Save Penland Farm and Save Birchen Fields have websites with details of their campaigns and are urging people to attend Thursday’s meeting.

The Save Penland Farm group say the developers, Catesby and the trustees of Borde Hill Estate, have now reduced the number of homes they are trying to get planning permission for from 235 to 210.

This has meant a new consultation process has to be gone through by Mid Sussex District Council which has put up new site notices.

It also means objectors must write again to MSDC’s senior planner Steven Ashdown reiterating their views.

Letters of representation must reach the council by February 28 and can be emailed to quoting the penland Farm proposal 13/03472/OUT