LETTER: Information on developments

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You were kind enough to publish a letter from me on a related matter earlier this year (Middy, 4th February).

In the meantime, our Neighbourhood Plan has been approved by residents and the Mid Sussex District Council has refused two applications for major housing developments in our Parish, both now subject to Appeal. You reported recently yet another such application elsewhere in the Parish.

In one of my objections to an earlier application I suggested to the Council that it would help all of us if it published on a regular basis, perhaps in “Mid Sussex Matters” for example, the parameters we, as individuals, need to have if we are to consider these applications on a coherent, fair and rational basis. Ideally, these parameters for the District (and, if financially justifiable and practicable, for individual parishes) should, inter alia, provide the following current information about total numbers for houses/housing units, accompanied by, where applicable, the number of affordable units included in the totals:

(a) the target figure;

(b) approved upon application;

(c) under Appeal following a refusal;

(d) likely number which may materialise following prospective developers’ preliminary discussions with the Council; and

(e) likely number which could be suitably accommodated on known brownfield sites not included under (d).

This information should include all residential development, not just proposals by major developers: right across the District we see houses being built within the curtilages of large private gardens and none of us knows what the cumulative impact this has on the overall figures.

My suggestion has elicited no response from the Council so far. This is more than just a pity: in my opinion all our residents need such a substantive framework, or something similar, when we are considering this important matter, one which impacts upon every household.

David Lewis

Grey Alders, Lindfield

A spokesman for Mid Sussex District Council responded:

We monitor the position regarding our housing land supply and housing completions, including affordable housing; and potential sites for future housing development. This information is freely available to the public our website.

• The supply of, and completions of all housing, is available at www.midsussex.gov.uk/planning-licensing-building-control/planning-policy/local-development-framework/evidence-base/housing-land-supply/

• Affordable housing completions are monitored and this information is available through the Monitoring Report, available at www.midsussex.gov.uk/planning-licensing-building-control/planning-policy/local-development-framework/monitoring-report/ . An update to the Report is due over the coming weeks.

• The Council’s future supply of known housing sites, including sites previously developed (brownfield) land, is available at www.midsussex.gov.uk/shlaa. An update to the Assessment is due over the coming weeks.

Our officers are happy to guide and advise the public on the above information on request.

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