Final part of Burgess Hill Northern Arc proposal scrutinised by public

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Residents have viewed plans for part of a development of up to 3,500 homes called the ‘Northern Arc’, in Burgess Hill.

Wates Developments hosted a public exhibition for its plans to build 1,050 homes at a 142 acre site called Heaselands Park, on Friday October 2.

Heaselands Park forms the centre section of the proposed Burgess Hill Northern Arc which, in total, may deliver up to 3,500 new homes through three integrated sites.

Eileen Sharpe, of Tate Crescent, Burgess Hill, attended the consultation event at Martlets Hall and said her main concern was the lack of an adequate roads into the town meaning the new residents were unlikely to integrate with the community.

She said the best roads north of Burgess Hill are the A273 and A23, which lead to Brighton and Crawley.

A Wates Development spokesman said a key part of the Northern Arc proposals is to deliver a new northern link road between the A2300 and the A273 Isaacs Lane to improve transport links in Burgess Hill.

Joan Spencer, of Marlborough Drive, Burgess Hill, said she was concerned about the lack of school places provided by the plans.

She said: “There’s only a two-form primary school planned which is enough for 60 children, for 1050 houses. That’s not enough.”

A spokesman for Wates said: “Plans are focused on delivering a vibrant mixed use community with a new primary school and land set aside for a new secondary school to serve the existing and future community. In addition, community facilities and funding towards a centre for community sport and recreation space to benefit the town are all part of the extensive proposals.”

The Northern Arc proposals have been under consultation since November 2010 and are a key feature of the Burgess Hill Town Council and Mid Sussex District Council’s strategy for the next 20 years.

The plan is for up to 30% of the site to be affordable homes - around 315 dwellings.

Mid Sussex District Council councillor Colin Holden said: “This is excellent news for the residents of Burgess Hill and Mid Sussex generally because it’s going to provide affordable homes for young people and people moving into the town.”

Simon Knight, associate land and planning director at Wates Developments, said: “Heaselands Park provides a fantastic opportunity to make an essential contribution to the provision of new homes, facilities and infrastructure that will support the continued success and growth of Burgess Hill and Mid Sussex.

“Over a number of years we have been working closely with stakeholders and experts from a variety of organisations and agencies to develop this vision for Heaselands Park. We are grateful for all the local residents who have taken the time to view our latest proposals and give us further valuable feedback that will be used to inform the final development plan drafts, which will be submitted to Mid Sussex District Council later in 2015.”

Gleeson Strategic Land and Rydon Homes held a consultation for the east and west parts of the arc last November but have not yet submitted applications.