Campaigners opposing plans for 140 new homes in Hassocks have branded the proposals as ‘crazy’.
Friars Oak Fields Residents’ Association is objecting to a plan by Rydon Homes to develop land on a site off London Road.
All in all it is a crazy place to build a housing estateClaire Tindall
The proposals, which include 12 one-bed apartments, 30 two-bed houses, 51 three-bed houses and 47 four-bed houses were submitted to Mid Sussex District Council last week.
Resident Graham Meredith said: “Rydon is clearly trying to get its application passed before the parish council is able to finish a draft of its neighbourhood plan, which we hope will designate the fields as a local green space.
“This would affect everyone in Hassocks. It would mean more pressure on local schools, which are already full, and also on health services.”
The association said the development would destroy a ‘haven for wildlife that has been accessible to the public for decades’ and contribute to traffic on the ‘already very busy’ London Road, and more congestion at Stonepound crossroads.
Claire Tindall, a member of the residents’ association, said: “All in all it is a crazy place to build a housing estate.
“Quite apart from the environmental damage, and the increased flooding risk it would bring to the area, there is only one road that crosses the railway here for several miles. That means all the traffic in this area goes through Stonepound.
“Local schools have already been expanded and are now full. This proposal doesn’t make sense. We urge everyone to say no to it.”
5.1 hectares of open space will be provided as part of the development which developers say will be ‘publicly available to the wider community whom shall be able to establish strong pedestrian links around the wider development’.
Rydon Homes planning statement said: “This is a high quality residential development proposal which is in character with the location on the northern periphery of the village. It has been carefully and sensitively designed to comply with relevant policy criteria.”