LETTER: Area under siege

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Developers Crest Nicholson have ignored the wishes and decisions of not only hundreds of local residents but also Haywards Heath Town Council, Lindfield Parish Council, planning officers and Mid Sussex District Council who, on several separate occasions, unanimously rejected their application to build on Birchen Fields, Haywards Heath.

Crest have, regardless, forged ahead and lodged an appeal in an attempt to overturn the decision of our community and they have requested that this is in the form of an Inquiry, scheduled to last three days or so. This will put an enormous financial strain on our council’s resources which, at the end of the day, we the public are funding.

Birchen Fields lie immediately north of Sunte House, a magnificent Grade II* listed house, and they are the only surviving remnant of what remains of the original much larger landholding of the house, providing a setting befitting a house of this stature. Only last year an appeal was dismissed to build on land south of the house, the inspector upholding the views of residents.

Whilst we were assured that all previous objections to Crest’s application will be forwarded to the inspectorate, we are aware that very many people have still not been contacted. With the deadline for comments only a short time away, 24th July, please send your objections to robert.wordsworth@pins.gsi.gov.uk quoting REF: APP/D3830/W/15/3012022 or http://www.savebirchenfields.co.uk for more information on how to object.

Chris Loewy

Wickham Way, Haywards Heath

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