• Our Horsted Keynes

  • The purpose of this website is to keep residents informed about the current status of local planning matters relating to potential development sites within the parish of Horsted Keynes. To contact the website manager (Phil Miles) email: ourhorstedkeynes@gmail.com 

  • Sledging Field Appeal


    In December 2017 the developers submitted a planning application for 38 houses on land behind Peacocks in Church Lane, locally known as the "Sledging Field". The community response was overwhelming, with over 300 individual objections and not a single letter of support. The planning authority refused the application in June 2018 on very strong grounds.


    The developers then appealed this decision in December 2019 and the community group "Save Our Sledging Field" launched into action. Assisted by a barrister and a number of expert professional witnesses, we amassed a formidable case against the developer, having spent several thousand pounds raised by the community. However, not long before the inquiry was due to take place, the developers backed out of the appeal siting the evidence that was being brought by the community as their reason for withdrawing.


    Unfortunately that was not the end of the matter and the developers then submitted a second application for 9 houses on the same site in August 2019, with a long access road off Church Lane. Again the community responded with an impressive number of objections and this second application was also refused by MSDC on similar grounds.


    Undeterred by the massive objection from the community and the robust planning reasons for refusal, the developers are now having another go by appealing this second application.


    Details of this latest appeal can be viewed on MSDC's planning appeal register, click on the link below:




    How you can help

    Although the inspector will receive comments that were made previously against this application, he/she will not receive comments were made in response to the previous application or the previous appeal.


    Submitting a brief statement now, in response to the appeal, would be a good way to show the inspector the strength of objection from the community to development of this site.


    Please follow these simple steps below to submit your comments on line to the planning Inspectorate:


    Click on this link: https://acp.planninginspectorate.gov.uk


    Click on "Search for a case - current service" (bottom lefthand box).


    Go to the righthand box "Search for a case" and type in this seven-digit reference number:

    3242226 then click search.


    Click on “Make a representation” (at the top of the page).


    Check you have the right Appeal details and click on “Save and continue” (at the bottom of the page).


    Complete your details on the next page (as an "Interested Party/Person).


    Complete your comments on the next page.


    A short simple statement is probably sufficient to let the Inspector know about your concerns.


    State that you are "Against the Appeal Proposals and Support Mid Sussex District Council's reasons for refusal" and, in your own words, why you take this view, using one or more of the main points for refusal (being the impact on: Countryside, Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Conservation Area, Listed Buildings and Ashdown Forest).


    If you feel strongly that the access off Church Lane is inappropriate, then you can also refer to that, even though this was not a reason for refusal (because MSDC followed what appears to be flawed advice from WSCC Highways).


    Comments need to be submitted by 12 March 2020.


  • Draft Development Sites Map

    Extract from MSDC's draft Site Allocations Development Plan Document October 2019

  • Development Sites

  • Planning Applications

    Church Lane (Sledging Field)

    9 units (DM/19/2942)


    Link to application details


    Appeal in progress 

    Link to appeal details

    (MSDC Appeal Reference AP/20/0008)


    Link to comment on appeal

    (PINS Reference APP/D3830/W/19/3242226)

    Church Lane (Sledging Field)

    38 dwellings (DM/17/4913)


    Link to application details


    Appeal Withdrawn

    Link to appeal details

    (MSDC Appeal Reference AP/18/0083)

    Jeffrey's Farm Buildings

    5 dwellings (DM/19/0957)


    Link to application details


    Appeal Dismissed

    Link to appeal details

    (MSDC Appeal Reference AP/19/0071)

    Jeffrey's Farm

    42 dwellings (DM/16/3974)

    Birchgrove Road  

    32 dwellings (DM/19/4276)

    Pending Consideration

    Link to application details

    Birchgrove Road

    45 dwellings (DM/18/0195)

    Westall House 

    20 units (DM/17/1262)

    Permission granted to demolish existing 16 single storey sheltered housing and construct 24 Extra Care apartments and 12 Dementia Care units

    Link to application details

  • Anticipated Applications

    Little Oddynes Farm (Waterbury Hill)

    40-45 dwellings

    Planning application anticipated following presentation by SPHERE 25 and Stonewater to Parish Council in Oct 2019

    Link to presentation

    Land behind St Stephen's Church

    30 dwellings

    Planning application anticipated from Rydon Homes



    Police House Field

    30 dwellings

    Planning application anticipated The latest Masterplan from Strutt & Parker indicates 30 dwellings on an extended site (including the north field)

    Link to presentation


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