MP welcomes decision to refuse Hassocks housing bid

Arundel and South Downs MP Nick Herbert
Arundel and South Downs MP Nick Herbert

Arundel and South Downs MP Nick Herbert has welcomed Mid Sussex District Council’s decision to refuse permission for 130 new Hassocks homes.

Plans to build the homes on Friars Oak Fields were rejected by councillors last Thursday (November 29).

There was applause from the public gallery when members voted 5-4.

Mr Herbert had written to the chief executive of the district council ahead of the meeting urging the committee to reject the bid by Rydon Homes.

Speaking after the decision, he said: “I welcome the planning committee’s decision. They were right not to allow developers to undermine an ongoing process which next year will see Mid Sussex District Council evaluate sites in accordance with its Local Plan, and Hassocks’ Neighbourhood Plan – which does not include the Friars Oak Field site – moving to a referendum.

“The whole point of neighbourhood planning was to give local people more control over where new housing goes, and developers should not be allowed to subvert these plans.

“We will now have to watch to see if the developer appeals against the decision.”