Haywards Heath land to be sold to developer for hundreds of homes

Mid Sussex District Council has agreed to sell more than 27 acres of land in Haywards Heath to a developer to allow new homes to be built.

Wednesday, 16th October 2019, 2:22 pm
Masterplan of the proposed development off Hurstwood Lane, Haywards Heath

The three parcels of land north-west of Hurstwood Lane, will be used as part of a 375-home development which was given outline planning permission in August last year.

The application for the site at Hurst Farm was submitted by the council and Cross Stone Securities and includes plans for a two form entry primary school, burial grounds, allotments, and a country park.

The site is allocated for housing in the Haywards Heath Neighbourhood Plan, and the sale of the land was agreed at a meeting of the cabinet this week.

The application attracted more than 140 letters of objection, mostly raising traffic and access concerns, but leader Jonathan Ash-Edwards said the development was ‘an excellent opportunity for the delivery of significant infrastructure improvements for Haywards Heath’.

He added: “While the council secures the maximum possible amount of infrastructure for local communities from private developments, the major advantage of this scheme is that it uses significant amounts of land in public ownership.

“As one of the landowners of the site, we have worked with the town council to shape the development, so that it provides more open space and considerable infrastructure benefits for the town.”

Because one part of the land includes ancient woodland, the council was required to consider any objections received from statutory adverts placed in the Mid Sussex Times. No such objections were received.

The council has not revealed how much it hopes to receive for the land or confirmed who its preferred developer will be – both these points were placed in exempt papers, which cannot be viewed by the public, because they are ‘commercially sensitive’.

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