Villagers and parish councillors are fighting another application by Woodcock Holdings for 120 homes and a care home on a greenfield flood plain at Sayers Common.
The London based developer has submitted three outline applications for the scheme off Reeds Lane. The first application was withdrawn, a second was rejected by Mid Sussex District Council and is subject to an appeal and the third, a scaled down version with fewer rooms in the care home and improved access arrangements has just been unanimously rejected by Hurstpierpoint and Sayers Common Parish Council’s planning committee.
Councillor Bob Samson said: “In our draft neighbourhood plan we say 30 to 40 homes would be sustainable in Sayers Common [over the next 20 years] providing they get the drainage problems sorted out. The surface water doesn’t drain away and gets mixed up with foul water sewage which goes into the streams and people’s gardens.”
Karen Wainwright (pictured with protestors) in Dunlop Close, which overlooks the development site, says: “The sewage, flooding and drainage issues have not been resolved.”
See our video, which has comments from Dunlop Close resident Jenny Sweet.
The Environment Agency says a flood risk assessment will be needed.
The development, which includes apartments and detached homes, would include some affordable housing and is due to be considered by Mid Sussex District Council in March or April.
Read the full story on page 18 of this week’s Middy, which is out on Thursday, February 28.
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