Amended plans for 148 homes in Lindfield approved

Amended plans for 148 homes east of Lindfield were approved last week.

Tuesday, 11th August 2015, 9:44 am
Residents against Wates original proposal for 230 homes off Gravelye Lane before it was approved in 2013

Permission has already been granted for a total of 230 units on land off Gravelye Lane and construction has already started on the other 82 units on the site.

However since a different developer is now looking to build the other 148 homes it submitted a further application to ‘put their own twist’ on the scheme with revisions to the scheme’s layout and design.

These were approved at a Mid Sussex District Council District Planning Committee meeting last Thursday August 6.

Robert Salisbury (Con, Cuckfield) said: “The parish have accepted these modifications as has the urban designer. These changes are so slight and the urban designer has gone over them.”

Christopher Hersey (Con, High Weald) added: “In the overall scheme of things they are very limited and I’m more than happy the urban designed has looked over them.”

Wates Developments, who gained permission for original 230 homes in 2013, held a public exhibition last month over draft plans to build another 220 homes off Gravelye Lane.

Around 200 residents attended the one-day information event, showing the level of interest in the scheme.

Gil Kennedy, chairman of the Lindfield Preservation Society, called proposals a ‘cynical attempt’ to force through a planning application before MSDC’s local plan was completed.

Simon Knight, associate land and planning director at Wates’, said they greatly value the community input and will carefully consider all feedback that comes in.

He added: “We consider the site to be a very appropriate scheme for Mid Sussex given the need for housing has not abated.”

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