Have your say on plans for Burgess Hill and Haywards Heath

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Plans which will have a large influence on the future of Haywards Heath and Burgess Hill need the public’s seal of approval.

Burgess Hill Town Council’s Neighbourhood Plan has been given the green light by Mid Sussex District Council to go through to the final stage of its creation - public referendum - on December 10.

Neighbourhood plans are statutory plans for a neighbourhood area. They provide a legal tool to ensure the right types of development for their community are created.

The referendum ensures that the local community has the final say on whether the plan comes into force.

Steve Cridland, chief executive Officer at Burgess Hill Town Council said the success of the referendum will have a huge influence on the future of the town especially with the £65m regeneration plan which will include the demolition on Martlets Hall.

He said: “It is essential that [the public] do adopt [the plan] as without it we will be without any controls on development in the town which could have some unwanted development especially on Folders lane.

“Of particular concern is that people may confuse voting for the plan with the issue around the loss of the Martlets.

“In fact without the plan we are in a much weaker position to protect assets and to develop the centre of the town which is largely aimed at the cultural quarter.”

Some of the plan’s aims include: Promote well designed sustainable development in the right locations, improve community and recreation facilities, protect heritage buildings, protect and improve open space areas, ensure adequate parking for all new development, encourage enhancements to Wivelsfield and Burgess Hill stations.

Haywards Heath Town Council is in the earlier stages of its plan creation. It intends to consult on its Draft Neighbourhood Plan, from the beginning of November, for six weeks.

The exact dates of the consultation, the consultation event dates and where you can find the Draft Neighbourhood Plan and its associated documents, will be sent out to residents next week.