Campaigners waiting on inspector’s decision after crowded meeting

Protestors fill an overspill room at Oaklands
Protestors fill an overspill room at Oaklands

Campaigners against thousands of homes homes in the countryside are awaiting a decision on the next stage of the draft Mid Sussex District Plan after about 100 of them crowded into a meeting.

So many turned up at Oaklands, Haywards Heath, for an important procedural meeting on the draft Mid Sussex Plan that some had to be seated in an overspill room, pictured, and listen on a sound link

Campaigners fear developers might pursuade an inspector to throw out the plan on technicalities.

Tuesday was the first public hearing of the Mid Sussex District Plan.

The independent Planning Inspector was examining how the Council has met its “Duty to Cooperate” with neighbouring authorities and developers were present.

Campaigner Anthony Watts Williams who founded LAMBS, which is campaigning against proposals by developers, Mayfield Market Towns for a 10,000 home development between Henfield and Sayers Common, said:“If the inspector throws the Mid-Sussex district plan out at this early stage, and asks it to be rewritten because of lack of the duty to co-operate with other councils, it should not be on the evidence of developers, whose only interest is having the District Plan over turned. It will waste years of hard work by the council, a fortune of tax payers’ money, and leave a vacuum in planning policy.”