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3,000 homes approved in Sussex

Words: Laura Edgar
Burgess Hill, central neighbourhood sketch / Homes England

Mid Sussex District Council’s planning committee has granted planning permission for 3,000 new homes at Burgess Hill.

Homes England owns the 200-hectare site, which is known as the Northern Arc.

It will now work with developers to submit detailed planning applications after consulting with the community.

As well as the homes, the site should deliver three neighbourhood centres, three schools and employment opportunities.

The government’s housing agency said the development would offer easy access to public transport, and walking and cycling routes.

Ken Glendinning, head of strategic land at Homes England, said the scheme would provide existing and new residents with a mix of affordable and market-priced homes to buy and rent.

“We developed our plans following discussions with the local community as well as working closely with Mid Sussex District Council and West Sussex County Council to ensure that the necessary infrastructure will be delivered at the right time.

“Over the next three years, we plan to invest around £41 million in vital new infrastructure at the Northern Arc. This will unlock these needed new homes in Mid Sussex, making homes happen faster and ensuring they are a real benefit to the local community. The new infrastructure will relieve traffic pressure and provide better links in this part of Mid Sussex.”

Construction of the first homes at Freeks Farm, as well as associated highways infrastructure, is expected to begin in 2020.

Homes England recently submitted its first infrastructure planning application for a bridge and link road to connect Isaacs Lane to Freeks Farm in the eastern part of the site. Subject to planning permission being granted, work is expected to start early next year.

The government’s housing agency has appointed infrastructure services firm AECOM as lead consultant for the project. AECOM has been appointed following its previous work with Homes England to deliver the masterplan and prepare the outline planning application.

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