An Outline Planning Application has been submitted to Mid Sussex District Council for up to 42 residential units with associated garaging, car parking, a pavilion building and access roads on the Jeffrey’s Farm site. There is scope for further development on this site. The planning application and associated documents can be viewed on www.midsussex.gov.uk/planningregister
Mid Sussex District Council need your comments on this development before Friday 16th December 2016
This development would breach the defensible village boundary of Horsted Keynes along Sugar Lane and will provide a precedent for development on other sites around the village. This, and other developments, will change the character of Horsted Keynes forever. It is therefore of major importance that people who object to this development write to Mid Sussex District Council and Horsted Keynes Parish Council.
Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
This is a sensitive site due to its location within the High Weald AONB, its place at the historic gateway to the village, and its potential for further expansion. Development here would contravene the primary purpose of the AONB which is to conserve and enhance natural beauty.
Extra traffic from up to 42 dwellings plus delivery vehicles will cause serious highway safety issues for walkers, cyclists, horse riders and motorists in our narrow, winding lanes.
Likely further development on the same site
The proposed development site includes a meadow area which Dowsett Mayhew, the landowner’s planning agent, describe as having ‘further development potential’. If this meadow area were to be developed in the future there would be significantly more than 42 dwellings on this site.
What are we offered in return?
- A community space? But the village has community spaces already without having major development.
- Potential pavilion? Community building? But we have 3 in the village already.
What are the issues to write to MSDC and Horsted Keynes Parish Council about?
MSDC will consider planning issues which include:
- The effect of the proposed development on the appearance of the area.
- Significant overbearing impact and loss of outlook.
- Highway safety issues.
- Intrusion into the countryside.
- Significantly increased noise and disturbance.
Other points to raise could be:
- Breach of Horsted Keynes’ village boundary
- Significant construction within the AONB with significant risk of further development on the same site or neighbouring sites (known as the ‘domino’ effect)
- Principle - if it is felt that the nature of the proposal is inappropriate and that the use of land/property should not change.
- Natural conservation, for example, loss of hedgerows.
- Visual amenity (rather than view).
- There will be other grounds for objection and we would strongly encourage you to visit MSDC to inspect the plans or view them online and make other objections that occur to you.
Bear in mind when you comment on the development that MSDC won’t consider the following issues:
- Loss of view
- Loss of property value
- Boundary and other disputes with neighbours
- Moral, religious issues
Horsted Keynes Parish Council will be discussing the Jeffrey’s Farm planning application at their meeting on Tuesday 13th December 2016 at 7.30pm. This development has massive implications for Horsted Keynes - please attend this meeting if you can. Please either send or email your comments to Horsted Keynes Parish Council before the meeting - ideally by Wednesday 7th December.
IF YOU DON’T WANT DEVELOPMENT SPRAWL OUTSIDE OF THE VILLAGE BOUNDARY
IF YOU DON’T WANT A PRECEDENT SET FOR FURTHER DEVELOPMENTS AROUND HORSTED KEYNES
IF YOU WANT TO KEEP OUR RURAL CHARACTER
IF YOU WANT TO SAVE GREEN FIELD SITES IN THE HIGH WEALD AONB
THEN PLEASE ALSO REGISTER YOUR OPPOSITION WITH MSDC NOW IN THE FOLLOWING WAYS BEFORE FRIDAY 16th DECEMBER 2016
DON’T FORGET TO QUOTE PLANNING REF: DM/16/3974
3. Write to Mid Sussex District Council:
Mid Sussex District Council,
West Sussex RH16 1SS
FAO Ms Susan Dubberley
with a copy to:
HK Parish Council,
Rear of Village Hall,
Horsted Keynes RH17 7AP
THE OVERDEVELOPMENT OF OUR WONDERFUL VILLAGE IS NOT INEVITABLE - YOU CAN HELP TO KEEP DEVELOPMENT SMALL AND CONTROLLED